RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/AP) – A 36-year-old man facing murder charges died in an apparent suicide in his Central Prison cell Wednesday, the Department of Public Safety said.
He was found unresponsive in his cell around 3 a.m. He was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m. after attempts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Pazuzu Algarad was facing a first-degree murder charge in Forsyth County, authorities said.
In October 2014, the remains of 37-year-old Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and 36-year-old Tommy Dean Welch were found in shallow graves the yard of Algarad’s home. Authorities said Wetzler was killed in July 2009 and Welch in October 2009.
Algarad changed his name from John Lawson in 2002. “Pazuzu” is the name of a demonic god who was referenced in the movie the Exorcist.
Algarad’s girlfriend, Amber Burch, faces first-degree murder charges in the killings.
A third person, Krystal Matlock, faces accessory after the fact to first-degree murder charges.
The State Capitol Police Department and City-County Bureau of Identification are investigating.