Ryan Broussard / The Advocate

A 77-year-old former longtime LSU athletics department employee described by his neighbors as a fatherly figure, was found bludgeoned to death, wrapped in a bedsheet and buried in a tomato garden behind his home Tuesday after he was killed by his roommate following a heated argument Sunday, police said.

Douglas Studeman, 54, 4850 Alvin Dark Ave., Baton Rouge, confessed to the killing Tuesday after police made the grisly discovery of Chester Oakley's body in the garden earlier that morning, said Cpl. L'Jean McKneely, a Baton Rouge police spokesman.

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