Gay Man Charged With Murder Of Alabama Trailer-Park Roommate

A young gay man has been charged with the murder of his housemate in an Alabama trailer park.

Zachary Stirewalt, 21, was found in the Montgomery, AL, mobile home where police discovered the body of 43-year-old Daniel Turman.

Stirewalt was first interrogated as a suspect and later charged with the killing, according to the News & Observer.

Turman, who had been shot several times, offered Stirewalt a place to live—though its not clear if their relationship was romantic in nature. The younger man was open about his sexuality, though: He posted about his experiences on the gay scene and his interest in fasting on his tumblr page, SassyGayHippie, .

Stirewalt, an aspiring photographer originally from North Carolina, interned at a photo studio in New York over the summer. “He was very helpful, very responsible,” said manager Natalie Hayes, who also put him up for several weeks.  “I can only imagine that he did it in self-defense.”

Stirewalt is currently on suicide watch at the Montgomery County Jail, where his bail has been set at $75,000.