David Haggard: Washington man who killed half-sister and put her dismembered body in suitcase found guilty

David Haggard: Washington man who killed half-sister and put her dismembered body in suitcase found guilty
David Haggard, 48, was found guilty on October 18, 2022, for the grisly murder of his half-sister Jamie Haggard, 27, on June 9, 2016 (Washington Department of Corrections)

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KING COUNTY, WASHINGTON: A Washington man who brutally slayed his half-sister and put her dismembered body parts in a suitcase in 2016, has finally been convicted, according to the court documents of King County. David Haggard, 48, was found guilty on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, for the grisly murder of his half-sister Jamie Haggard, 27, on June 9, 2016. Jamie was reported missing by her family members around June 17 after they didn't hear from her for days. 

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According to the court documents, police made a gruesome discovery two years later on May 10, 2018, when they found Jamie's dismembered and partially burned remains stuffed in a suitcase on the side of the road in Snohomish County. Investigators determined that David and Jamie had been living together at the time of her death after conducting a series of interviews with family friends and checking the phone records. 

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According to Fox News, both of them had a troubled relationship and were drug addicts and highly relied upon heroin and meth. Jamie sold her prescription pills to fund her heroin addiction. David also had beaten her and threatened to kill her earlier. Jamie repeatedly told her boyfriend and others that she feared for her life and that she would be murdered by David. 

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Jamie and David got into a heated argument about their home just days before her death and the latter even kicked her out of the house. They again got involved in a verbal altercation once she returned home but later it turned physical. Jamie returned home to tell David to get out on the morning of June 9, 2016. He was with his girlfriend at the time, who left to take her son to school. 

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David's girlfriend later returned that afternoon but Jamie was nowhere in sight. David told that she left the house and had not seen her since then. However, his girlfriend found it suspicious when she saw David burning fire in the backyard as he never made fires, according to a police report. The 27-year-old's remains were later found in that same area. David never behaved or said anything which made his family members concerned regarding Jamie's disappearance. Sometimes he pretended to be worried.

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"On two separate occasions, based on tips, King County Major Crimes detectives dug up the yard of the Kenmore house Jamie and her brother shared. Jamie’s body was not found during those searches," the King County Sheriff's Office said in a 2019 Facebook post. "On May 10, 2018, Jamie’s burnt and dismembered remains were found in a suitcase off the shoulder of a road in Snohomish County." 

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In October 2019, Haggard was reportedly charged with second-degree murder by the authorities. He was already in prison for an unrelated arson charge back in 2016. He had also previously been charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, vehicle theft, and other crimes between 1995 and 2015, court documents state.

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