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Slaying suspect Ryan A. Klug, facing an eviction lawsuit from his landlord, has agreed to vacate the luxury apartment in west Columbus where his roommate was found dead from knife wounds in November.

Klug, 36, has a different address these days, the Bartholomew County Jail.

In a brief court hearing Tuesday before Bartholomew County Small Claims Magistrate Joseph Meek, Klug agreed to have his remaining belongings removed from unit No. 2134 at Riverstone Apartments.

The apartment has been vacant and locked since mid-November after Klug’s roommate — 26-year-old Cummins engineer Adaobi Obih — had her throat slit and died inside the unit. Police believe she was killed the afternoon of Nov. 17.

Klug has been charged with murder in the case, scheduled to go to trial May 13.

Klug’s court-appointed lawyer, David Nowak, was granted permission to take stock of Klug’s possessions at the apartment and retrieve anything that might aid in his criminal defense. Clothes and other belongings that aren’t needed for the murder trial will be stored for later use by a church group, Nowak said.

Riverstone Apartments’ officials said Klug owed past-due rental payments for December and January, but the landlord decided not to try to collect any of that money as long as the complex can take possession of the apartment. Klug’s one-year lease was due to expire in late February.

After Obih’s death, Riverstone spent at least $2,000 cleaning the apartment to remove blood spatters, ruined carpet and other debris. The apartment complex also provided extra security to ease the concerns of remaining tenants until Klug was arrested, officials said.

Nowak said some items inside the apartment were confiscated by police if they were deemed to be evidence.

Klug took part in the eviction hearing via a closed-circuit TV connection linking the Bartholomew County Jail with Meek’s courtroom. Klug is being held at the jail without bond, awaiting trial.

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