Woman finds out her rental home was a gruesome murder scene

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- An East Memphis woman said she's living in a crime scene after finding blood, skin, and bullet holes in her new rental home.

After doing some digging, she found out the place she calls home is the same house where a man was brutally murdered.

Police say two months ago, Michael Wilson, Jr., killed his roommate, then chopped up the body inside the home on Dunn.

Jen Selph-Byars found blood on the walls and around the vents, and the murder suspect and victim's belongings in the kitchen drawers.

"I'm sorry. We are living out of boxes," Selph Byars said as she took us through the home. "You got to make sure they don't jump out at you. There's babies and big ones."

It's not the cockroaches crawling all over her house that has her freaked out. It's the blood stains smeared on the walls, and bullet holes and knife marks throughout the house.

Just days after Selph-Byars moved in, she found out the man who lived there two months ago is accused of killing his roommate, then chopping off his head, feet, and hands.

"We were putting our hands over our mouths like, 'Oh my God,'" Selph-Byars said.

She said she found the victim's wallet, some men's clothing, and some soap still in the shower.

Selph-Byars said she never looked at the house.

"We just saw through the windows," she said.

"I was desperate! I didn't have anywhere else to go," Selph-Byars aded.

She said she can't get out of her lease.

Her landlord, David Isom, told WREG he painted over the walls, but blood bleeds through. He also used every chemical to try to get rid of the odor.

Isom said if it is blood, he will paint over it again.

Isom said the murder wasn't that bad, and by law, he doesn't have to tell renters the home's history.

Attorney Michael Working said he's right. You have to go to police.

"You can get the police, for about 50 cents a page, to print out a crime history of what's happened at that address," Working said.

Working said as a renter, you can get out of a lease if your landlord cuts off essential services like utilities or heat.

He also said if you demand in writing your landlord fix something, and he/she doesn't in two weeks, it's possible to get out of your lease.

Working said you must inspect your rental property before you sign anything. Check light switches, water, and plumbing to make sure everything works.

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