Police said a Donelson man was found dead overnight in his apartment with his head partially severed, days after he was killed.
Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, Charles Masters called 911 to report there was a body in his apartment.
The call led police to an apartment at the Cedars of Elm Hill where they found the victim, identified as 28-year-old Jordan Masters.
The man's brother, Charles Masters, 33, was at the apartment when police arrived and made several unsolicited statements saying he was responsible for killing his brother.
"Among the utterances that Charles Masters made was something to the affect of, that he had been laying in the apartment with his brothers body for the past several days and Charles Masters was hoping that he would wake up and everything would be ok, but that he knew that everything would not be ok," said Don Aaron of the Metro police department.
Jordan Master's body also had multiple lacerations apparently inflicted by a sword, which was recovered from the apartment.
Police said Charles Masters also kept some sort of log or diary which is helping investigators determine a sequence of events. It has now been collected as evidence.
The exact reason for the altercation between the two brothers remains under investigation.
Charles Masters was taken into custody and charged with criminal homicide. He is being held on $750,000 bond. He is apparently unemployed.
Jordan Masters worked for a local motel, said police.
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