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LaPorte man accused of murdering roommate, placing body in freezer

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A LaPorte man has been charged with murdering his roommate, after allegedly stabbing her to death and placing her in the freezer.

Daniel Shoffner, 47, was taken into custody by LaPorte Police Sunday after the body of his roommate, Birdie Elder, was found in the freezer of the home they shared 100 block of McClung Rd.

Court documents say Elder had evidence of stab wounds in her neck, chest and hand, and that Shoffner told police the stabbing was accidental, and happened after he started doing "knife moves" near Elder during an argument. Police arrested Shoffner at the scene after his daughter alerted police that Elder's body was in the freezer. Shoffner was officially charged with murder on Tuesday afternoon.

Police say Shoffner could not tell them what date Elder was killed. LaPorte County Prosecutor Robert Szilagyi said they did not know how long Elder had been in the freezer, but it was long enough for her body to be completely frozen. Police say Shoffner told them he attempted suicide and was hospitalized after killing Elder, and that Elder's body was in the freezer while he was in the hospital.

According to court documents, Shoffner said Elder was his girlfriend, but Szilagyi said they could only confirm that they were roommates.

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