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Property where notorious Clemmons house stood is now a vacant lot

Property where notorious Clemmons house stood is now a vacant lot

From the Read more: The Journal's Pazuzu Algarad coverage from beginning to end series
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CLEMMONS — The transition of a Clemmons house from community blemish to vacant lot was completed Tuesday.

The work crew from Charles Harris Construction Co. of North Wilkesboro capped an 11-day landscaping project by seeding, fertilizing and placing straw at 2749 Knob Hill Drive.

On April 24, the crew demolished the former brick ranch house of slaying suspect Pazuzu Algarad, where the skeletal remains of two men were found in the backyard Oct. 5.

“Thankfully, we did not make any new discoveries” with the landscaping that included filling in a small pool with dirt, knocking down a basement wall and tearing up a driveway that had a layer of asphalt and concrete, said Charles Harris, the owner of the construction company.

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.

It took little more than an hour April 24 for the Kubota excavator’s claw to knock down the roof and walls, some of which were covered with satanic sketchings, symbols and pornography.

In October, the county housing department declared the house unfit for human habitation.

After gaining possession of the home through foreclosure April 7, Wells Fargo Bank obtained permits to begin demolition.

“Once demolition is completed, we will convey the land back to (federal Housing and Urban Development), which will determine what happens with it after that,” Wells Fargo spokeswoman Emily Bauman said April 24.

Three people have been charged in connection with the deaths of the two men found Oct. 5 in shallow graves in the backyard.

Algarad and his girlfriend, Amber Burch, have each 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.

The skeletal remains were identified as those of Joshua Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch. Both disappeared in 2009. Autopsy results indicate they were shot to death.

When asked what they would like to see happen with the lot, some neighbors said it would be appropriate to put in a small park or a prayer garden to be named for the two victims. Others suggested a Habitat for Humanity home — if someone would want to live on land where two buried bodies were once buried.

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