Police: Hollywood Man Murdered Friend With Bat, Cried On Phone To Police


A Hollywood man reportedly called 911 in tears, and told dispatchers that he murdered his friend with a baseball bat. 

Authorities say 31-year-old Jesse Lee Mitchell was arrested Monday on a charge of premeditated murder.

According to an arrest report, Mitchell was standing in the middle of the street when officers arrived on scene. Unprompted, officers say he dropped to the ground and put his hands behind his back.

Mitchell told the officers he killed his friend with a baseball bat and that the body was at Mitchell's apartment on Oregon Street, the affidavit said.

Police conducted a welfare check at the apartment and say they found a dead body placed in a large duffel bag stuffed under the bed.

According to the affidavit, a black shopping bag covered the victim's head. Blood could be seen inside the bag.

Mitchell's mother told police that her son called her and wanted to meet with her in person, so she picked him up at the corner of Taft Street and Ocean Drive. She said Mitchell immediately hugged her and apologized for what he had done.

Mitchell's mother said she convinced him to call 911 with her. Although Mitchell didn't provide a statement to police, Mitchell provided more clarity about what occurred to the 911 dispatcher.

An exact cause of death hasn't been determined. 

The victim's identity hasn't been released pending notification of next of kin.


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