Michael Lee Dudley, 62, of Seattle, Washington was charged Monday with two counts of murder in connection to the killings of a couple who were his tenants
Group of young Tik Tok posters found abandoned suitcases on Alki Beach in West Seattle on June 19
Suitcases were found to contain dismembered remains of Jessica Lewis, 36, and her boyfriend of eight years, 27-year-old Austin ‘Cash’ Wenner
Court documents claim that after their June slaying the disposal of the remains was done ‘likely with the aid of others’
Cuts on Lewis and Wenner’s bodies were ‘disorganized’ and appeared to be done in different manners with various devices
Court documents which indicated the couple died on June 9, also said Dudley wanted the couple who were his tenants to move out, but they would not
On the night of their killing, neighbors reportedly heard a man yelling: ‘Please don’t do this, just let me leave,’ before gunshots were fired
The landlord accused of killing his two tenants and abandoning their remains in suitcases on a Seattle Beach may have had help in the murders, court documents reveal.
On Aug. 19, Michael Lee Dudley, 62,, was arrested and booked into King County jail on in connection to the killings of 36-year-old Jessica Lewis and 27-year-old Austin Wenner. Their remains were found near Alki Beach on June 19.
Court documents which indicated the couple died on June 9, also said Dudley wanted the couple who were his tenants to move out, but they would not.
Remains from the pair were found in bags on Alki Beach in West Seattle on June 19.
The King County Superior Court Monday charged Dudley with two counts of 2nd degree murder. His bail has been set at $5 million. While no other suspects have been named, court documents said Dudley disposed of the bodies “likely with the aid of others.”
Court documents cited by WestsideSeattle describe that Dudley dismembered the pair after killing them, dispersing their bodies in multiple bags throughout various bodies of water.
‘This process would have taken a lot of time and effort and his willingness to take these extreme steps demonstrates the threat he poses to the community,’ charging documents read, KING 5 reports.
State forensic anthropologist Dr. Kathy Taylor told Seattle police she believed there were multiple people involved.
Cuts on Lewis and Wenner’s bodies were ‘disorganized’ and appeared to be done in different manners with various devices.
Dudley had previously argued with the pair about payment of their rent, WestsideSeattle reported.
On the night of their killing, neighbors reportedly heard a man yelling: ‘Please don’t do this, just let me leave,’ before gunshots were fired.
Detectives learned that neighbors had heard gunfire and yelling from inside the house on June 9, ten days before the remains were found, and dialled 911.
But Burien police officers did not get a response from the residence when they arrived.
Probable cause documents said when officers obtained a search warrant, they found bullet holes and blood inside the ‘blue room’ inside the house.
TikTok users who found the suitcases containing the victims’ dismembered bodies alerted the authorities and posted video online.
The footage of their bodies being discovered went viral.
‘Something traumatic happened that changed my life,’ TikTok user UghHenry wrote in the caption of the video.
The social media user used the hashtags ‘crime’ and ‘murder’.
‘We found this black suitcase. We were joking that maybe the suitcase would have money…[But] the smell was overwhelming,’ the video captions explain.