12:57 PM EST, December 5, 2012
A judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a man accused of killing a friend and stuffing the body inside a freezer.
A Howard County judge set a March trial date for Walter Logan, 52. He was charged with murder Monday following the death of 29-year-old Alex Shipp. Police found Shipp’s decomposed remains inside a freezer in Logan’s basement in Kokomo on Sunday.
According to court documents, Logan said he and Shipp had known each other for about two years and had a sexual relationship. About four weeks before investigators found the body, Logan said he and Shipp drank, did drugs and had sex. The two then fought, the man said, before Logan restrained Shipp with duct tape, binding his hands and feet and putting tape over his nose and mouth.
Logan said he fell asleep shortly afterward. When he woke up, he believed Shipp was dead. Logan went back to sleep, checked again, and was sure the other man had died. He waited several hours before taking the remains to the basement.
The freezer was not plugged in, according to court documents. Police started looking for Shipp after his mother called them, concerned that she hadn’t heard from her son. Police described the stench at Logan’s home as overwhelming.