Homicide in Benton Harbor

BHDPS responded to 182 Lake Street at 1:22am to a call of an unknown male subject down.  Officers soon discovered a male subject lying in the basement who appeared to have a stab wound to the chest. 


A suspect was immediately identified and taken into custody.


The victim was identified as Sylvester Booth, BM  09/11/61.  The suspect was identified as Jerry Lee Osler BM, 03/22/58.  


Osler and Booth were roommates and this incident stemmed over a dispute over money.  According to the confession, the victim was killed approximately 4-5 days ago and remained inside the home until located by the police this morning.


Osler was lodged in the berrien county jail without incident. The autopsy of the victim was set for this morning.


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