Suspect on Trial in Knox Craigslist Murder

A man who answered a Craigslist advertisement for a roommate is on trial this week in Knox County Criminal Court on charges of first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse, Knox News reports. Ryan Monroe Allen is accused of killing 42-year-old Kelly Shay Cozart inside the bedroom he rented and dumping her body in a creek in Monroe County just weeks after answering the online post. Prosecutors contend Allen beat Cozart to death inside the residence, but defense attorney Keith Lowe contends that all prosecutors can prove is that Cozart’s blood was in a bedroom where Allen once paid to sleep.

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