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A Washington man is accused of killing his own half-sister, then dismembering and burning her body before shoving her in a suitcase and leaving her on the side of a road.
David Brent Haggard, 45, was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder for the killing Jamie Haggard, 27, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
The two half siblings lived together in Kenmore when Jamie vanished in June of 2016. She was reported missing by her dad.
“During the investigation, Major Crime’s detectives spoke with numerous witnesses who said Jamie had a volatile relationship with her brother David,” the King County Sheriff’s Office stated. “On numerous occasions, Jamie told her boyfriend she feared David was going to kill her.”
David had allegedly both beaten up Jamie and threatened to kill her at numerous points, according to charging documents obtained by Oxygen.com. Shortly before she vanished, David allegedly knocked her out and also told another person that he should kill her for all the trouble she was giving him. They were both drug users and fought often about meth and opioids, according to the charging documents.
Just days before she vanished, another roommate called police to report that David had texted him a picture of Jamie tied up in the bathtub, according to the charging documents.
The sheriff’s office, acting on tips, actually dug up the yard of the siblings’ home twice following her disappearance but found nothing.
Then, in May 2018, ”Jamie’s burnt and dismembered remains were found in a suitcase off the shoulder of a road in Snohomish County,” more than an hour away. Her skull and part of her limbs were missing, according to the charging documents. Missing red bed sheets that belonged to a roommate of the siblings were found in the suitcase. Her remains had been burned.
Prosecutors allege that David has set fires to hide evidence before. In one 2016 case he allegedly set a fire to conceal that he stole appliances from a mobile home. He was convicted of arson for another 2016 incident in which he burned a forklift to hide his fingerprints after stealing a welder from a construction site.
Prosecutors also accused David in charging documents of trying to deceive his family by texting Jamie’s sister pretending to be her.
"In order to conceal this crime, he dismembered her, burned her, stuffed her in a suitcase and discarded her by the side of the road, thus preventing her family (his own family) the opportunity to know what had become of her for almost two long years," the charging documents allege. "In the meantime, he carried on with the charade of pretending to be worried about her and wondering where she was."
David’s bail was set at $2 million in connection with his half-sibling’s death. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf.
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