Mundt interrogation tape played for jurors


by Adam Walser

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 5:10 PM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 8:48 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The first full day of testimony in the Jeffrey Mundt murder trial today was dominated with the display of a six hour video of Mundt's initial police interrogation.

"You've talked talked all night long in a big circle. Not once have you manned up and said 'yes we did it. We did it together. Here's what happened,'" police told Mundt during questioning.

During the interrogation, Mundt told several conflicting stories about what happened the night James Carroll was killed in late 2009.

Mundt originally denied knowing Carroll, then said his lover Joseph Banis killed Carroll while the three of them did drugs and had sex in Mundt's Old Louisville Victorian mansion.

Carroll's body was found in June 2010, in a Rubbermaid container dug from the dirt basement of the home.

Both Mundt and Banis accused each other of the murder.

"For six hours and not once has somebody manned up and said 'I did it,'" homicide detectives said during the interview.

When asked if Mundt's action was anything different from the account he gave officers, Mundt replied, "Obviously, it's different from what I told you originally."

Mundt's attorney Steve Romines said police jumped to conclusions about what happened before receiving the facts, ignoring the fact that Banis was a habitual felon, while Mundt had never been in trouble before that incident.

Mundt was arrested at the conclusion of the interrogation, charged with murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

Testimony will continue tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.

Banis has agreed to testify against Mundt in an agreement that spared him a possible death sentence after his conviction of murder in March.

WHAS11’s Adam Walser has been in the court room since the trial began, click the video player above for more on this story.