Two charged in Christmas Day death

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – Two men arrested as part of a Christmas Day death investigation have been charged, and one of those men faces a murder charge.

William Paz, 42, has been charged with obstruction of justice and murder. If convicted on the murder charge, Paz faces 45 to 65 years in prison.

According to court documents filed Monday, the police investigation began with a Greyhound bus ticket that was on a body discovered along Sagamore Parkway on the morning of Dec. 25.

Police said the victim, who has yet to be identified, was spotted leaving the bus station in a Teppenyaki restaurant van.

Prosecutors said restaurant management pointed police to Paz, who was living with the victim. Paz told police he and the victim, along with several other employees, were drinking together at an apartment at Emerald Pines on Christmas Eve.

Police spotted blood on Paz’s shoes and later found blood on Paz’s front door, and in his living room and vehicle.

A video on Paz’s phone led police to 26-year-old Juan Alberto Imul Pop, who said he saw Paz kill the victim with a knife.

Imul Pop was also charged Monday with assisting a criminal, obstruction of justice and failure to report a dead body. He is currently being held in Mansfield, Ohio and may be extradited to Lafayette.

Prosecutors said Imul Pop is illegally living in the United States and also uses the name Ricardo Perez.

Monday in court, Paz said he is not a U.S. citizen.

A plea of not guilty was entered. A jury trial is set for May 6.

Paz is being held without a bond.

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