Investigation

A Clemmons firefighter in yellow exposure coveralls, mask and air tank peers out a window Tuesday at 2749 Knob Hill Road, where the skeletal remains of two unidentified people were found buried in a shallow grave in the backyard Sunday.

CLEMMONS — The two unidentified people whose skeletal remains were found in the backyard of 2749 Knob Hill Drive on Sunday were killed in 2009, according to arrest warrants filed in the Forsyth County clerk’s office.

The names have not been released. One of the bodies belonged to a man, the arrest warrants said. The arrest warrants do not identify the other body by gender.

Pazuzu Illah Algarad, 35, and Amber Nicole Burch, 24, who lived at the Clemmons residence, were arrested on Sunday. They have each been charged with first-degree murder and accessory after the fact of first-degree murder, according to the warrants.

On Monday, officers arrested a third person, Krystal Nicole Matlock, 28, of West Fourth Street in Winston-Salem. She has been charged with accessory after the fact of first-degree murder.

Investigators believe that Burch killed the man and allege that Algarad dragged the body and assisted in digging a shallow grave. The warrants list the dates of that offense as being between Oct. 2, 2009, and Oct. 5, 2009.

Algarad is accused of killing the other person, and Burch is accused of assisting Algarad with burying the body in July 2009, the arrest warrants said. The arrest warrants said that Burch confessed to helping Algarad bury the body during an interview.

Matlock is alleged to have helped bury the male victim. Matlock’s arrest warrant says that the offense occurred between June 1, 2009, and Aug. 1, 2009.

Chief Deputy Brad Stanley of the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office has released few details about what led to the search on Sunday. Stanley said Tuesday that investigators were still looking for clues about the killings at scene.

The sheriff’s office plans to publicly release the search warrant that deputies executed Sunday at the house, Stanley said.

The sheriff’s office had previously executed a search warrant at the house in 2010. Judge William Z. Wood of Forsyth Superior Court sealed that search warrant on Feb. 26, 2010, and it remains sealed.

Also in 2010, Algarad was charged with accessory after the fact of involuntary manslaughter in connection to the shooting death of Joseph Emmrick Chandler, whose body was found June 7, 2010, at Donnaha Park near the Yadkin River.

Nicholas Pasquale Rizzi of Lewisville was charged with involuntary manslaughter in that case and was convicted of that charge on March 31, 2011.

According to an Oct. 4, 2010, arrest warrant obtained by the Journal from Yadkin County, Algarad assisted Rizzi by telling officers that a Hispanic male named Pete was involved and by letting Rizzi stay at his home after the crime.

Algarad was convicted in 2012 and was on probation when the house was searched on Sunday. Sheriff Ricky Oliver of Yadkin County and Darrell Hutchens, a sheriff’s investigator who worked on the 2010 case, couldn’t be reached for comment Tuesday to discuss Alagarad’s role in that killing.

The remains discovered on Sunday were transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for examination and positive identification.

The identities had not yet been confirmed on Tuesday, according to Stanley.

Officers continued the search and collection of potential evidence inside the residence at 2749 Knob Hill Drive on Tuesday, and Stanley said investigators would continue the search today.

“There is still work to be done,” Stanley said.

When asked earlier in the day how long the search would continue, he said: "Until we can go through every portion of that residence and the property as the investigation dictates."

The Clemmons Fire Department was on the scene Tuesday morning. Personnel knocked out a few windows in the house. Clemmons Fire Chief Jerry Brooks said they were letting some air into a room before officers entered.

Three people with the sheriff's office then donned yellow exposure coveralls, masks and air tanks, and entered the house. One person was carrying a shovel. Through a partially opened window, they could be seen walking around.

Clemmons firefighters were on standby in turnout gear outside the residence. Brooks described this as standard procedure.

"We're just here as a support to the law-enforcement folks," Brooks said.

A few SBI agents were on the scene, as well.

"Initially we went in and made sure everything was secured on Sunday morning, but they're just slowly going through room by room, processing each room,” Stanley explained.

He would not describe the room where the windows were knocked out, saying he had not been in it, but he said staff wore breathing apparatus and full protective suits for their "protection — respiratory and otherwise."

Algarad, Burch and Matlock are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 23.

Algarad’s birth name is John Alexander Lawson, but he changed his name to Pazuzu Algarad in 2002 for religious reasons.

According to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, John Lawson attended West Forsyth High School but withdrew in December 1996. Matlock also attended West Forsyth but withdrew in February 2002. Burch is originally from Rock Hill, S.C.

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Journal reporter John Hinton contributed to this report.

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