CLEMMONS — A bid has been placed on the empty lot in Clemmons where the house of slaying suspect Pazuzu Algarad once stood and the skeletal remains of two men were found in the backyard in October.
Wells Fargo Bank gained possession of the brick ranch house April 7 through foreclosure. The house was demolished April 24 amid cheers and prayers from neighbors.
The list price is $17,000 for the property at 2749 Knob Hill Drive, which is $7,000 below the property value listed at Forsyth County GeoData.
“It is going much quicker than I initially thought. It could go under contract any day,” said Michael Headley, listing manager with The Headley Group, an affiliate of Keller Williams Realty based in Kernersville.
Headley is a specialist in sales for U.S. Housing and Urban Development properties, as well as bank-owned and other types of foreclosure properties.
The skeletal remains of Joshua Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch were discovered in shallow graves in the backyard of the house Oct. 5. Both disappeared in 2009. Autopsy results indicate they were shot to death.
Headley briefly had a “for sale” sign at the property in June.
“I had some friends in the business say, ‘Good luck with selling’ because of the history around the property,” Headley said.
Facing that reality, Headley asked David Beaty, pastor of nearby River Oaks Community Church, and other church members to pray over the property.
“We got it back on the market shortly thereafter and got the bid,” Headley said.
Headley said he cannot disclose the bidder.
“I don’t know their intentions with the property,” he said.
Residents up and down Knob Hill Drive have been eager for things to return to normal after their lives were disrupted by the law-enforcement investigation into activities inside and outside the house formerly owned by Algarad’s mother, Cynthia James.
When asked what they would like to see happen to the lot, some neighbors said it would be appropriate to put in a small park or prayer garden to be named for the victims. Danielle Lyons, one of Welch’s cousins, said she is interested in a similar dedication. Others suggested building a Habitat for Humanity home there.
Three people have been charged in connection with the deaths of Wetzler and Welch. Algarad, an avowed Satanist, and his girlfriend, Amber Burch, have been charged with first-degree murder and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. Krystal Matlock has been charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.
A court hearing for the three is set for Oct. 29 in Forsyth District Court. Nothing substantial will happen in the case until Forsyth prosecutors seek indictments against them in Forsyth Superior Court. If they are indicted, either a trial date is set or a plea arrangement is made.