Crime

Accused Murderer Found Dead Of Apparent Suicide In Jail

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Pazuzu Algarad, 36, was found dead of an apparent suicide in Central Prison in Raleigh, North Carolina, on the morning of Oct. 28, according to officials, the Winston-Salem Journal reports.

The self-proclaimed Satanist had been in Central Prison since May 13, having been accused of killing one of the two men found buried in the backyard of the home he shared with his girlfriend in Clemmons. 

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Algarad and his girlfriend, Amber Burch, were originally arrested on Oct. 5, 2014, and both were charged with first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, My Fox 8 reports. Krystal Matlock was also charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Algarad was moved to Central Prison in May on a Safe Keeping Order, which is normally reserved for inmates with physical or mental health issues.

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“We don’t celebrate the loss of life in these sort of situations. It’s sad for [Algarad’s family] and out of respect for them we just wouldn’t have any further comment on it,” Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said, according to My Fox 8.

Martha Wetzler, the mother of Algarad’s supposed victim, Joshua Fredrick Wetzler, was at a loss after learning of Alagarad’s death.

“I’m not even sure how I feel,” Martha said. “I’m kind of numb.”

She added that her family still wants to know why he killed Joshua.

“But. I’m not so sure I’ll get an answer to that," she said.

According to arrest warrants, Algarad killed Joshua in July 2009, and Burch and Matlock helped him bury the body in his backyard, the Winston-Salem Journal reports. Burch then allegedly killed another man -- Tommy Welch -- in October 2009, and Algarad helped her bury him in the yard.

Algarad suffered from mental illness, according to his ex-girlfriend. Law enforcement officials also note that he often performed Satanic rituals and animal sacrifices in his home.

O’Neill said that Algarad's trial was a year away at earliest.

Algarad, Matlock and Butch were all due to appear in Forsyth District Court on Oct. 29, the day after his apparent suicide. 

Sources: My Fox 8, Winston-Salem Journal / Photo Credit: Police photo