Sex Offender Killed Roommate and Lived with Body for Months
July 30, 2023
LAS VEGAS, NV—A Las Vegas man was arrested for murder on Wednesday and is accused of living with the body of his roommate for two months, believing the woman he allegedly killed could come back from the dead, police said Friday.
Officers took George Bone, 31, into custody Wednesday after discovering Beverly Ma’s body during a welfare check in the 5300 block of Railroad River Avenue near Lindell Road and Eldorado Lane, according to 8NewsNow.
Bone told officers he knew Ma was dead and officers suspect she was strangled to death in May.
On May 4, dispatchers actually received a 911 call from Ma and heard a man and woman screaming at each other. Police responded that day and knocked on the door but no one answered, reports 8NewsNow.
Authorities received a 911 call from a family member last Wednesday who said Bone had told her Ma “was in the closet and had been there for two months.”
The family member also told police Ma and Bone had been friends since high school and that she was not close with her family. Ma and Bone moved in together last summer.
“Bone went about living at the house with Beverly deceased in the upstairs closet for the next two months and began ordering several items on Beverly’s Amazon account using her funds for his own gain,” police said. “When asked why he didn’t call for help, Bone’s response was ‘I was afraid of going back to jail… for being found with a dead body.” Bone admitted that his behavior since the death of Beverly Ma was ‘not normal.’ When asked why he placed a cooler in the master bedroom near the closest, Bone stated that he put it there so that he would be alerted if Beverly rose from the dead like the movie ‘The Grudge.’”
Bone texted from Ma’s phone in late July, writing she could not attend a July 4 party because she “wanted to be sober, not travel and not be around people,” police said.
Back in 2013, Bone took an Alford plea on a charge of attempted lewdness with a child under the age of 14. An Alford plea is similar to a no-contest plea, where a defendant accepts prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him or her but does not admit guilt, according to 8NewsNow.
In 2012, Henderson police arrested Bone on charges of sexual assault and lewdness with a child stemming from allegations a teenager made about an assault two years prior when she was 11.
Aside from an open murder charge, Bone also faces a charge of failing to register as a sex offender. He was listed in the Nevada Sex Offender Registry under a different address than where police found him to be living.
He is currently being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail.
Feature Image via Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department