In Tacoma man claims he was "possessed"
As reason for
decapitating two women
January 12, 2017
(TACOMA, WA.) -- On Wednesday Pierce County prosecutors charged a man who has seven prior felonies with two counts of first-degree aggravated murder and first-degree arson in the deaths of two women -- Mary Buras, 22, and Theresa Greenhalgh, 31.
The women were found dead inside a Tacoma house after an arson fire. Prosecutors allege they were killed and then decapitated by the man charged, Matthew Leupold, 32, a friend of the two.
Leupold was ordered held without bail.
The women's remains were found about 2:45 am last Friday after Tacoma firefighters responded to a blaze in the 3700 block of South Yakima Avenue.
According to the Morning News Tribune in Tacoma, Leupold was recently released from jail after serving time for two counts of second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm.
The report says, according to charging documents, Leupold told detectives he was with a group of people doing drugs in an upstairs bedroom of the house where the fire occurred and that at one point he became possessed and started hearing voices in his head that told him, "to kill her."
Leupold allegedly assaulted one woman with his fists and a hammer before attacking the other woman. He then reportedly used a utility knife, pocket knife and hatchet to decapitate the bodies of the women in a bathtub.
Leupold's sister, Lindsey Leupold, 36, was charged with first-degree rendering criminal assistance with bail set at $500,000 and Matthew Leupold’s 15-year-old nephew faces the same charge, as well as first-degree arson, according to the newspaper report .
Prosecutors allege Lindsey Leupold and her son were there last week when the women were killed and helped clean up the scene the next day.
Prosecutors say the boy later led investigators to a backpack containing one of the victims’ heads.
All three were arrested on Monday.