LITTLETON - Samuel Lee Spencer and Natasha Lynn Burns could be returned to West Virginia next week to answer first-degree murder charges in connection with the January deaths of three people near Littleton.
Spencer, 25, and Burns, 26, of 420 W. Roy Furman Highway, Wind Ridge, Pa., are being held without bond in Greene County, Pa., awaiting extradition in the Jan. 13 deaths of Michael McDougal, 63, and Carmen McDougal, 55, and their friend, Jimmy Kisner, 48 of Aleppo, Pa.
Spencer allegedly told another man that he had killed the three out of revenge, saying "I told you I would get them back."
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Police say a Jan. 13 fire near Hundred was used to hide the stabbing deaths of three people.
Pennsylvania State Police troopers arrested the couple Monday afternoon at the Greene County probation office in Waynesburg, where they had appeared on an unrelated matter. The arrests came based on an affidavit issued by West Virginia State Police Cpl. William Henderson.
"The arrest warrants were obtained by Cpl. Henderson of the Hundred detachment after he established probable cause through interviews, video surveillance and physical evidence," West Virginia State Police spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said. "They are awaiting extradition proceedings which are scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. on July 28."
An autopsy revealed all three victims were stabbed to death, according to Henderson's criminal complaint. Kisner's body was found outside the mobile home. A fire was set to cover up the murders, according to the complaint.
State police and firefighters were called to the McDougal residence on the remote, dead end Cliff Run Road at 9:30 p.m. Jan. 13, to find the home fully engulfed in flames. The victims' bodies were found in the charred remains, and the fire was ruled suspicious. It was several days before Kisner, who did not live with the McDougals, was identified as the third victim.
The police report states that video surveillance obtained from the Koontz Country Cupboard market in Littleton led them to a suspect vehicle and ultimately to Burns and Spencer, who told them Burns had driven to Littleton on Jan. 13 to pick up Spencer.
According to the report, the West Virginia State Police seized Burns' car and sent to its criminal laboratory where human blood, identified through DNA as Kisner's, was found inside.
In a July 8 statement to West Virginia State Police Sgt. J. E Shriver, a witness said Spencer came to his home the night of the crime requesting to use his restroom and clean a cut on his hand. Once there, Spencer allegedly told the witness he had followed through with his threat to "get them back." The witness said he asked Spencer what he meant and Spencer confessed in detail to how he killed the McDougals and Kisner. He said Spencer told him his only regret was Burns had to witness the killings.
The complaint states Burns provided transportation for Spencer to and from the McDougals' residence.