Brothers murder their own roommate, bury him in the backyard: Police

New Jersey police have arrested two brothers and charged them with the murder of their roommate, as reported by

Christopher and Bryan Costello, 28 and 25, respectively, were indicted Thursday on first degree murder, second degree desecration of human remains and third degree hindering apprehension, as noted by the Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office.

The brothers were arrested in November after the death of their roommate, 23-year-old Justin Dubois. The investigation began after a relative reported not hearing from Dubois for several days, authorities have noted. It wasn’t long before this investigation brought them to the two Costello brothers.

According to the prosecutor’s office, police obtained a search warrant for the Lumberton residence and, after noticing a mound of suspicious dirt, they found the body of Dubois buried in the backyard. The house is owned by the brothers’ father.

Police have stated that the Costello brothers had no steady source of income and neighbors told investigators that their house was the likely location of drug deals.

There has been no motive released in the alleged murder and the exact manner of Dubois’ death has not been released, according to Burlington County Times. Bryan Costello had no criminal record as of the arrest but Christopher Costello has faced a spate of criminal charges, including theft, possession of drugs, disorderly conduct and shoplifting.

The victim had also faced criminal charges in the past. Justin Dubois was charged with robbery in 2013, pleaded guilty, and completed a pretrial intervention program in 2015, according to court records. He also faced possession of drugs and weapon offenses in June 2016.

[Featured Image: Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office]