MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – A man was taken into custody and charged after a body was found in a Miami Beach apartment after a SWAT standoff.
It began when a friend of the woman went to her at her apartment on the corner of 74th Street and Carlyle Avenue Wednesday night.READ MORE: MacArthur Causeway Temporarily Shut Down After Reports Of A Possible Shooting
She would later tell police she had not seen her friend since mid-month.
When the woman got to her friend’s apartment, she noticed a foul odor coming from it and there were a lot of flies. When she knocked on the door, a man answered and then slammed the door in her face.
That man was later identified as 53-year-old Russel Ewing. Police say the victim and Ewing had been married at one point, got divorced, and then got back together again. Ewing was a cook at the Flanigans restaurant in Surfside up until a couple of months ago.
Sensing something was wrong, the woman called the police.
When officers arrived, a naked Ewing opened the front door with a knife in his hand. Police then tried to reason with him to drop the knife and come out. He refused.READ MORE: Surfside Condo Collapse Victims, Families Honored At Memorial Concert
At one point they saw a disturbing image through the window.
“They had a visual line of sight of him, who was laying on a bed with a knife,” said police spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez said. “He initially refused all commands, all commands from law-enforcement personnel on the scene.”
He eventually surrendered. When police entered the apartment, they found the decomposing body of a woman in the living room.
After being questioned, Ewing was arrested and charged with second-degree murder with a weapon.
Ewing reportedly told investigators he and his ex-wife had argued over finances. He said when he took out his kitchen knife out of a bag and turned around he accidentally stabbed her in the abdomen, according to police, according to his arrest report.
Ewing said he was too afraid to call for help.MORE NEWS: Coral Gables Condo Deemed Unsafe, Residents Given Evacuation Notice
When asked when this happened, Ewing reportedly said October 20th – 11 days ago.