- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - A central Pennsylvania man has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of his girlfriend, whose decomposing body authorities alleged he kept in his closet for three weeks before leaving it in a trash can outside his public housing apartment complex.

Hasan Gooden-Reid, 34, of Williamsport, was arraigned Tuesday night in Lycoming County on homicide, aggravated assault and other charges in the death of 22-year-old Kristina Pope.

Authorities alleged the two got into a fight on July 7 when he returned home and found water from a broken toilet running down the steps. Police alleged that he grabbed a knife and stabbed her four times, then wrapped her body in a blanket the next day and put it in a closet, where it remained for the next three weeks.

Officials said that Gooden-Reid put her body in a trash bag early Tuesday and placed it in a trash can with the garbage the same day outside the 76-unit complex along with the clothes both had been wearing that night, bed sheets and a blanket and a blood-soaked box spring.

Housing authority and city codes department officials had visited the apartment Monday after complaints about a foul order and were told by the defendant that it was due to wet and moldy clothing from the broken toilet three weeks earlier, a police official said in an affidavit.

Gooden-Reid was told that he would have to leave the apartment so that it could be fumigated the next day, and told officials after he was taken into custody that he returned to the apartment about 4 a.m. Tuesday to try to remove the body so that it would not be found when housing personnel returned, city police agent Raymond O. Kontz III alleged in the affidavit.

“It’s very sad. She was gone three weeks, and nobody realized it,” Kontz said of the victim, who had no job and no connection with family, The (Williamsport) Sun-Gazette reported.

Gooden-Reid declined comment to reporters and was being held without bail pending an Aug. 13 preliminary hearing; court documents don’t list an attorney who could respond to the charges.

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