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Police said a dispute between two Midvale roommates over missing property, turned deadly early Saturday.
Unified police said Christopher Wiggins, 23, came home early Saturday but found the home near 600 East and Carmel Drive locked, so he used a ladder to climb up to the second story, broke a window and climbed inside, according to information released in the probable cause affidavit released Saturday by the Salt Lake County Jail.
Once inside, he was confronted by his 47-year-old roommate David Brown and the two began to argue.
Fueled by anger over missing CDs, police said, Wiggins picked up an object, and began hitting Brown "over and over" while saying "Where's my CDs?" When Brown fell to his knees, Wiggins allegedly kicked Brown, causing him to roll down a flight of stairs, according to the affidavit. Wiggins then went outside and had a smoke, police said.
Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said when police arrived at the home, they found the front door ajar and Brown dead in the entry way.
Wiggins was arrested about 3:20 a.m. as police surrounded the home and he tried to slip out through the home's back door, police said.
Saturday evening, Wiggins was being held at the Salt Lake County jail on suspicion of murder and public intoxication in connection with Brown's death.
Hoyal said police last responded to the home a little more than two weeks ago on a civil problem because the two men were arguing over a credit card. Nobody was arrested.
The two men had been living together for about four months, but had been arguing over domestic issues including missing property a watch and CDs cleanliness of the home and money, the affidavit shows. Police said Brown believed Wiggins had stolen his watch, and Wiggins believed Brown retaliated by stealing his CDs.
"It just came to a head," Hoyal said.
By Saturday, Wiggins was in the process of moving out because of the arguments, Hoyal said.