Michigan Landlord Allegedly Kills Tenants After Several Noisy Disputes
A 53-year-old Michigan landlord turned himself into the police on Thursday, October 15, after allegedly killing two renters over a long-running series of disputes.
Landlord Chad Reed reportedly confessed to killing 31-year-old Jaclyn Lepird and her 34-year-old friend Joseph Soule. Both Lepird and Soule have been listed as missing persons since October 12th.
Police in Battle Creek, Michigan say Reed called in shortly after telling someone what he had done. According to MLive, he is facing charges on two open murder cases.
Authorities believe Reed killed the couple, who lived in an upstairs apartment, on October 7, after his ongoing feud led him to a verbal argument with Soule. This belief is based on a statement Reed made when he gave up.
"He claims Joey pulled a knife on him and pulled a gun in self-defense and shot Joey. After seeing this, (Lepird) tried to run out of the residence. At that point, he shot her too." Battle Creek Police Officer Detective Sgt. Joel Case said. "He also stated that he followed her into the back yard and beat and strangled her until she died in the back yard."
Reed allegedly admitted to wrapping the couples' bodies in plastic before placing them on the back of his truck. Shortly after October 7, the couple's friends and family headed to the residence to try to find the two. At this point, Reed allegedly took the truck to an abandoned garage, parked it, and left it there.
The case is being investigated further.
“From everyone we spoke to, friends and family, it sounded like they had an ongoing argument that they just couldn't get along with. They had arguments about money, they had arguments about you-name-it, "added Case.
Detective Sgt. Reed also said it was "relatively common" for him to tell people he knew about his complaints with residents. Police say Reed told them how "they like to party and keep him up late".
"He would tell other people that he had another bad sleep because of the noise," said Case.
Local reporter Kyle Mitchell posted pictures shortly after Reed's confession showing the scene in the formerly divided house:
However, in the very short time since these tweets were posted, the house has burned down. This has led the police to investigate the cause of this as well:
Reed was denied the bond. He is currently incarcerated in the Calhoun County Jail.
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