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The Salt Lake City, Utah home where Ayoola Ajayi, the man accused of killing college student Mackenzie Lueck, lived prior to his arrest is now up for sale.
The 1,862-square-foot property was listed on Zillow on Tuesday, and is described as an “investment property” and the “cutest house on the block.” It's going for $349,000 and, according to the listing, “needs some work in the basement due to water.”
The listing, perhaps unsurprisingly, does not make any mention of the previous owner’s history in the house — or that he allegedly expressed interest in having a contractor add a soundproof room, one with hooks on the walls, to the property.
Lueck, a 23-year-old University of Utah student, vanished on June 17 after taking a Lyft ride from a local airport to a park in the middle of the night. After initially being named a person of interest, Ajayi, 31, was arrested in connection to her disappearance weeks later; while searching his property, investigators say they found human tissue matching Lueck’s DNA and charred fabric in a burn pile in his backyard, in addition to evidence located in an alley near the house.
Authorities found Lueck’s body the following month, on July 3, in a canyon more than 80 miles from Ajayi’s home. Charred human remains matching Lueck’s DNA profile were buried underneath a grove of trees, authorities said.
Ajayi was charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstruction of justice, desecration of a body, and homicide. He was also hit with additional child porn charges consisting of 19 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after pornographic images of children allegedly were found on his computer, according to the Gephardt Daily.
Ajayi has not yet entered a plea in the murder case, but pleaded not guilty in December to a separate sexual assault case involving a 2018 incident, and has also pleaded not guilty to the child porn charges, KUTV reports.
Others who live in Ajayi’s former neighborhood told KSL TV that they don’t think that the property, which had reportedly been rented by a couple who were aware of what Ajayi did, will attract potential buyers. One neighbor, Tom Camomile, told the outlet that the house's gruesome history has made him consider moving.
“I’ve been at my home since 1991. It’s become something I’m not sure I’m going to be able to remain here,” he said. “Every one of my south windows look over to the house, the backyard where everything happened.”
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