The day after Pazuzu Algarad died of an apparent suicide in prison, his two co-defendants made court appearances.
Algarad, Amber Nicole Burch and Krystal Nicole Matlock were all scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Forsyth District Court. The cases against Burch and Matlock were continued until January.
Algarad was found unresponsive at 3 a.m. Wednesday in his cell at Central Prison in Raleigh, where he had been held since May 13 on a safekeeping order. He was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m. Wednesday.
State officials have not released any details about Algarad’s death, which is under investigation.
Algarad, Burch and Matlock all faced charges connected to the deaths of Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch. The skeletal remains of Wetzler and Welch were found buried in the backyard of Algarad’s house on Knob Hill Road on Oct. 5, 2014. The two men had been buried there for five years, and according to autopsy reports, they had been shot to death.
Algarad and Burch were charged with first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Arrest warrants said Algarad killed Wetzler in July 2009 and that Burch helped Algarad bury Wetzler. Warrants say that Burch killed Welch in October 2009 and that Algarad helped her bury Welch. Matlock is charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said that the cases of Burch and Matlock have been continued until Jan. 21. Nothing will happen to the cases as long as they remain in Forsyth District Court. A trial date will not be set until Forsyth County prosecutors seek indictments that send the cases to Forsyth Superior Court.