A body found buried behind a Van Nuys house on Christmas Eve was that of a former resident who was hacked to death with an ax in a homosexual quarrel in August, authorities said Wednesday.
The body was identified as that of David Parris, 51, at the arraignment of Parris' former roommate, Kevin Lee Simmons, 23, on a murder charge.
Simmons, who pleaded innocent, told police that he attacked Parris for "being too possessive," Los Angeles Police Detective Pat Anguiano said.
Simmons, who is unemployed, and Parris, a printer, had lived together about a year, Deputy Dist. Atty. Christine A. Thurman said.