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CROWN POINT — A man was charged with murder Monday on allegations he beat his roommate to death last weekend at a Gary assisted living facility.

Craig Withrow, 28, of Gary, told police he argued with David Carte and started to become very angry when Carte called him a profane name, Lake Criminal Court records say.

Withrow claimed Carte swung on him, and he hit Carte numerous times in the face and hit Carte's head on the floor, bed and table leg, records state.

An employee of the facility found Carte on the floor, his face in a pool of blood. Police found several pools of blood, and noticed the carpet was soaked in a circular pattern, records say.

Withrow and Carte had not been roommates for long, and both had been known to be violent, the employee told police.

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Carte was taken to a local hospital and later transferred to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, where he died Sunday.* He suffered a severe brain bleed and internal bleeding into the lungs, records say.

Withrow, who was found at the scene with no shirt and covered in blood, was being held without bond.

* Editor's note: This story has been updated to clarify David Carte was transported to an Illinois hospital.

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