Michigan landlord confesses to killing his 2 tenants for partying hard as they 'kept him up late at night'

The landlord told the police that he had an argument with the couple and claimed that he shot them after one of them pulled a knife at him


                            Michigan landlord confesses to killing his 2 tenants for partying hard as they 'kept him up late at night'
Chad Reed (Battle Creek Police Department)

BATTLE CREEK, MICHIGAN: Chad Reed, a 53-year-old landlord was arrested on October 15 after he allegedly confessed to killing his tenants. According to the police, Reed said that the couple “liked to party” and “kept him up late at night". Reed was accused of killing the couple and stashing their bodies in the back of his truck. He was arrested eight days after Joseph Soule, 34, and girlfriend Jaclyn Lepird, 31 were last seen. 

According to a report in Battle Creek Enquirer, Detective Joel Case said, "His statement was that there was an altercation that took place and all three were present at 203 Post Ave. and Chad indicated there was a verbal altercation between him and Joey." He added, "Joey pulled a knife and in self-defense, he shot and killed Joey and after seeing that Jackie tried running from the residence at which time he shot her as well."

The police also said that Reed confessed that he had also strangled Lepird, in addition to stabbing and striking her with a metal pipe. He also added that the bodies were wrapped in plastic and kept in the back of the car for at least a couple days with the car parked at home. The police also confirmed that just hours before Reed came in to confess, a source had given a tip about the murders. Until then, the cops did not have much information about the missing tenants.

"If I had to guess it was that after telling this person (about the homicides) it was guilt and maybe a little bit of remorse and maybe he knew eventually it would catch up with him," said Case and then added, "It was close in time to when the source came and told us."

Speaking about why Reed argued with Joey, the police informed, "They had arguments about money and arguments about you name it. It was common for him to complain that he was annoyed by them and didn't get along with them. They liked to party and keep him up at night. He had another bad night's sleep and couldn't sleep because of the noise going on." According to a report in People, Case was quoted as saying Reed allegedly confessed that the couple “liked to party” and “kept him up late at night". Case added, “He would tell other people he had another bad night’s sleep and couldn’t sleep because of all the noise going on. It was a bad environment.”

Reed was arrested and transferred to Calhoun County jail on two counts of open murder, however, he has not be arraigned as of now. The couple was killed on October 7, and Reed moved the couple's car and parked it on Lark Street where it was kept for a few days before the neighbors called the cops about it. 

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