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Forensic evidence connects local man to death of roommate

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The West Palm Beach Police Department has arrested a 23-year-old man for the death of his roommate after forensic evidence connected him to the crime.

According to the report, the victim was found dead on Nov. 8 at a home in the 3700 block of Paseo Navarra.

Police say they received a call after someone discovered the body underneath a rug inside the home. The caller also reported that a person by the name of Nikolas Pierce Lafountain lived at the home but was not the deceased.

When authorities got a warrant to enter the home, they discovered the victim’s body covered by a rug, sleeping bag and other items. They also noted that the victim suffered several stab wounds and had a sledgehammer embedded into his skull.

On Nov. 9th Lafountain was arrested on unrelated charges and was also questioned about the murder.

It wasn’t until recently, however, that authorities were able to connect him to the murder.

Lafountain now faces one count of first-degree murder and is being held in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office Main Detention Center without bond.