Broward County

'I hurt my friend and he is dead,' says man now charged with murder

Jesse Mitchell
Jesse Mitchell

At his mother's urging, police said, Jesse Mitchell called police Monday night with a startling confession: "I hurt my friend and he is dead."

Mitchell led officers to his Hollywood apartment where they found a body shoved in a black duffel bag under a bed. There was a black shopping bag over the victim's bloody head, police said.

Mitchell, 31, was soon arrested and charged with murder. He was being held in Broward's main jail with no bond.

According to police, Mitchell called his mother, Susan Mitchell, Monday night and told her he needed to see her in person.

She picked him up at North Ocean Drive and Taft Street about 10 p.m. and he "immediately gave her a tight hug and began to apologize to her for his behavior," an officer wrote in Mitchell's arrest report.

"He stated to her that he believed he killed his friend and mentioned a bat," the officer wrote.

Susan Mitchell said she made her son call police, according to the report. She told officers he took the phone from her and heard him say: "that he blacked out and that — was under the bed." She also heard him mention a baseball bat, according to the report.

When police arrived, Mitchell "voluntarily laid on the ground," police said. Meanwhile, other officers rushed to 348 Oregon St. on Hollywood Beach.

That's where the unidentified victim was found.

Police say Mitchell, who has been previously charged with public intoxication and trespassing, did not give a statement after he was arrested, but did sign a consent to search his home.