Man who killed and dismembered teenage girl, friend tried to dissolve their remains in tubs of acid
Augustus Standingrock pleaded guilty to purposely stabbing a 15-year-old girl named Marilyn Pickett and a young 24-year-old man Jackson Wiles
A man from Montana who murdered and then dismembered two people before trying to get their bodies to dissolve in a tub of acid could very well be looking at life in prison.
The Missoulian reports that 26-year-old Augustus Standingrock pleaded guilty to purposely stabbing a 15-year-old girl named Marilyn Pickett and a young 24-year-old man Jackson Wiles to death in August last year. After he murdered his victims, Standingrock proceeded to dismember their bodies and then place them into tubs of acid in the hope that they would dissolve before he was caught.
Augustus Standingrock has pleaded guilty to deliberate homicide and accountability to deliberate homicide, for the 2017 deaths of Jackson Wiles and Marilyn Pickett. The plea agreement calls for a life sentence. pic.twitter.com/rFsRvBt7pI— Seaborn Larson (@SeabornLarson) December 14, 2018
According to the Associated Press, as reported by Crime Online, the coroner was only able to identify the bodies using dental records as well as DNA. As part of a deal, Augustus agreed to testify against his accomplice, a 23-year-old woman named Tiffanie Pierce, who was also charged with homicide. The investigators are reportedly of the belief that Augustus wanted to kill Wiles for allegedly sexually abusing a girl who was close to Standingrock.
Referring to Wiles, Judge James Wheelis asked Augustus, "You stabbed him?" to which Augustus responded by saying, "Yes". The prosecutors refused to disclose or share what led to the plea deal.
Standingrock reportedly claimed that he did not stab Marilyn but Pierce did that instead. He further denied restraining Marilyn and shared that she had attempted to run away and flee Pierce's home where the murders had taken place. However, Standingrock did acknowledge that he drove Pickett to Pierce’s house knowing that Pierce had intended to harm and kill the young teen.
Ever since Augustus Standingrock and Tiffanie Pierce were charged with murder last year after two bodies were found dismembered and partially dissolved in chemicals in the basement of Pierce’s home, the open question has been why. https://t.co/JEFf78iGyQ #Missoula pic.twitter.com/2XXHEJw8TF— Missoulian (@missoulian) July 28, 2018
"Did you know that the other person, Ms. Pierce, I believe, intended to kill Ms. Pickett?" the judge asked to which Standingrock responded saying "yes". It was Pierce's roommate who told the authorities what had happened and how he woke up to find Pierce and Standingrock in the bathroom. The pair were believed to be covered in blood and also told him that there was a dead body in the basement of the home. Police found knives as well as an ax that contained blood and human tissue.
As he was awaiting trial, Augustus received a letter from Pierce which he tried to eat, given that the authorities were aware of it. The investigators attempted to reconstruct the letter but the writing was illegible. Standingrock is scheduled to be sentenced on May 3.