The roommate of a man who was found stabbed to death near the railroad tracks in unincorporated Hayward on Feb. 8 was arraigned yesterday on a murder charge.
The Daily Review reports that 54-year-old handyman Michael Eugene Wyatt will appear again at the Hayward Hall of Justice today to enter a plea for the murder of his roommate, 59-year-old James Nobles.
Nobles was found dead around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday near the 500 block of Hampton Road in Cherryland, Nelson said. Sheriff's investigators soon discovered that Nobles lived in the 700 block of Hampton Road.
Further investigation led them to suspect that Wyatt was involved in the murder. Nelson said it is believed that Wyatt killed Nobles in the home then dumped his body during the night.
Investigators served a search warrant at the home on Feb. 10.
Wyatt turned himself in to the Hayward Police Department that Sunday, Feb. 12, and was taken to the sheriff's Eden Township Substation in San Leandro, where he cooperated with investigators, Nelson said.
Wyatt is being held without bail at the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin. Because of his history, Wyatt is being held in a cell by himself Nelson said.
He previously served 10 years in state prison on a manslaughter conviction for killing another roommate in Oakland. His previous conviction was about 15 years ago, when he shot and killed Titus Crowder, 29, in 1995 according to The Oakland Tribune.
Nelson said Wyatt had been free on parole from state prison for about five years after completing his sentence for killing Crowder.