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Defendant in Dunedin killing says victim tried to rape him

A Kentucky man accused of killing his male roommate has told police he really isn’t gay and that he killed the man with a hatchet after he tried to tie him up and rape him as part of a fantasy, according to court records made available Tuesday.

Arthur Michael DeCarvalho, 26, faces one count of first-degree murder in the death of David G. Elsey, 50.

A clear picture of events leading to the discovery of Elsey’s body in his Dunedin home — and DeCarvalho’s subsequent arrest — emerges from an affidavit that was filed as investigators sought permission to search Elsey’s house.

A Clearwater patrol officer, Michael Leonardo, came across DeCarvalho about 1 a.m. Saturday on Clearwater Beach, the affidavit states. DeCarvalho was stumbling in a parking lot at Pier 60 and refused to move along after complaints that he was causing a disturbance.

DeCarvalho was missing a shoe, had slurred speech and smelled of alcohol. He admitted he was drunk. DeCarvalho said he was staying at a condominium in the 400 block of South Gulfview Boulevard, and police drove him there to drop him off.

Less than two hours later, Leonardo was told DeCarvalho was in the Surf Style parking garage at 315 S. Gulfview Blvd. He was found sleeping in the driver’s seat of a Ford F-150 pickup.

Leonardo woke him up and took him into protective custody under the Marchman Act, which is for those suffering the effects of substance abuse. While Leonardo was going through DeCarvalho’s wallet for his driver’s license, he found Elsey’s license and eight of his credit cards.

The officer asked DeCarvalho about it and, soon after, DeCarvalho told him he had killed Elsey by bashing his skull and they would find him dead in his home at 1658 Summit Way.

DeCarvalho waived his Miranda rights and then said that although Elsey was gay, he is not, the affidavit says. The two met online, he told authorities, but he was only using Elsey for a place to stay.

DeCarvalho also told Leonardo that on his birthday, which was Thursday, he woke to find Elsey tying his legs and arms with 550 Paracord, the affidavit says. DeCarvalho reported that Elsey told him he had rape fantasies and he was about to make them real.

It is unclear from the affidavit whether DeCarvalho told the officer Elsey carried out his plan. But DeCarvalho told Leonardo that he suggested to Elsey that DeCarvalho tie him up and rape him instead, the affidavit says.

DeCarvalho reportedly said Elsey agreed and untied DeCarvalho. DeCarvalho tied up Elsey and struck him on the back of the head with a hatchet about 10 times, the affidavit says.

When authorities went to Elsey’s house, they found him prone on a bed, naked, with a pillow covering his head and with his arms and legs tied with cord to different parts of the bed. A hatchet, 18 to 24 inches long, was on the bed near Elsey’s thigh.

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