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Report: Suspect in Ind. "freezer murder" calls it an accident

Daniel Shoffner CBS affiliate WSBT

LaPORTE, Ind.- Daniel Shoffner, the northern Indiana man charged with the murder of a woman in her 70s whose body was found in a freezer, says he killed her by accident while practicing "knife moves," according to court documents, CBS affiliate WSBT reports.

Police were called Sunday to the LaPorte home shared by Shoffner and his roommate Birdie Elder, where the woman was found dead.

According to the station, documents say Shoffner, 47, told authorities that while practicing the "knife moves" he accidentally stabbed Elder three times: in the neck, in the chest, and in the hand, as she was trying to block the knife.

Police say Shoffner's daughter called 911 after he allegedly told her he had killed Elder and put her body in the freezer. They say he also confessed to police that he hid the body.

Detectives say they discovered a pocket knife in a garbage bag at Shoffner's back door that matched a description he gave of stabbing Elder.

According to WSBT, police say the victim's body needs to thaw sufficiently before an autopsy can be performed.

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