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Raleigh man accused of murder waited hours before calling 911, police say

Bruce Antwan Matthews
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A man accused of killing his roommate told police that he sat in their apartment with the man's body for hours before he called 911, according to court documents.

Bruce Antwan Matthews, 49, is accused of killing 54-year-old David Glenn Adams.

Adams was found dead in an apartment at 1528 Varsity Drive near the N.C. State University campus about 6:30 p.m. on May 8. Matthews and Adams shared the apartment, police say.

Detectives took Matthews, who had an outstanding arrest warrant citing a probation violation, to their offices and later charged him with murder.

Matthews told police that he found Adams that morning.

"He then left to hang out with a female friend before returning to the residence," a Raleigh police detective wrote in a search warrant application. "He then sat with the body for a period of time and at some point indicated that he did call 911."

Matthews apparently called 911 at 4:39 p.m. but gave an address on Avent Ferry Road, and police could find nothing there.

At 6:33 p.m., another call, apparently from a neighbor, sent police and EMS crews to the Varsity Drive apartment.

Police searched Matthews' phone, which "revealed additional evidence in the form of text messages and videos that further implicated Mr. Matthews."

Police then asked for permission to search a second phone and a mobile tablet taken from the apartment.

Ron Gallagher 919-829-4572 @RPGKT
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