CLEMMONS, N.C. -- It's been over three months since two men were found buried in the back yard of a home on Knob Hill Drive in Clemmons. The people allegedly responsible remain behind bars and the home remains intact with no concrete decision about its future.
After the alleged killers -- Pazuzu Algarad and Amber Burch -- were arrested and charged, the home was deemed uninhabitable by Forsyth County Housing and Community Development. The homeowner, Algarad's mother, was given until Christmas Day to decide what to do with the house; tear it down or fix it up.
However, before that Christmas Day deadline, the homeowner was granted an extension, which lasts until the end of this month.
"We just want to know, the neighborhood just wants to know what's going on," said Keith Bryson, who lives across the street from the home. "The neighborhood as a whole, we're just ready for it to be gone."
Forsyth County Housing and Community Development Director Dan Kornelis said the extension was granted because lawyers for the homeowner believe the home could be fixed at a lesser cost than the county had estimated.
"Nothing against the homeowner, she's a nice lady, but I just don't see what the benefit is to fixing the house up," Bryson said. "If it ever does sell, who's going buy a house that people were killed in? Some nut?"
The homeowner needs to supply the county with an estimate from a private contractor, with an estimate and write-up by the end of the current extension. If she does so in the allotted time, she could be granted another extension -- possibly as long as 60 days -- to sign a contract with said contractor.
However, in the meantime, neighbors say the house is still a distraction and a danger.
"Watching people stop in the road, and check out the “devil house,” and kids running in the back yard and laughing," Bryson said.
If the homeowner fails to supply the estimate, Kornelis said the decision about what to do with the house would be turned over to the county commissioners. If the county does end up making the decision, it would be funded through county funds. The county would then look to get those funds back by selling the house and/or property.
Kornelis says the county does not take such decisions lightly and they are treating this case as they would any other. The commissioners could also give another extension and would like to stay away from tearing the house down because that could create a property rights issue.
Kornelis said the homeowner needs to be given every chance to save her house.