Pazuzu Algarad, self-proclaimed Satanist charged with murder, died of blood loss in prison


Pazuzu Algarad

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The self-proclaimed Satanist accused of burying two bodies in his backyard in Clemmons died from blood loss in prison, according to his autopsy.

Pazuzu Algarad was found dead around 3 a.m. Oct. 28 in Central Prison in Raleigh, unresponsive with a wound to his arm, during a regular inmate check, according to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Workers attempted unsuccessfully to resuscitate him and he was pronounced dead at 4:20 a.m. Authorities with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety say it was an apparent suicide.

The autopsy report released Wednesday said Algarad died from severe blood loss from a deep wound to a major blood vessel in his left arm.

The autopsy said Algarad had an incised wound on the upper part of his left arm, at the pit of his elbow. The report said Algarad had a perforation of the left brachial artery, a major blood vessel.

Algarad and his girlfriend Amber Burch were arrested on Oct. 5, 2014, and charged in the murder and burial of two men at their home.

The two are accused of murdering Joshua Fredrick Wetzler and Tommy Dean Welch, then burying their bodies six years ago behind the home at 2749 Knob Hill Drive.

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