Murder charges filed in 2003 Galehouse, Wachholtz killings - FOX 13 News

Murder charges filed in 2003 Galehouse, Wachholtz killings

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A grand jury has indicted 47-year-old Scott Paul Schweickert in connection with the 2003 killings of Jason Galehouse and Michael Wachholtz.

According to an unsealed indictment, the grand jurors charged that Schweickert "did unlawfully and feloniously aid, abet, assist, cause, incite, advise or encourage" the killing of Michael Wachholtz and Jason Galehouse by homicidal violence, while engaged in the act of kidnapping.

The indictment stems from the disappearance of Galehouse and Wachholtz from a Tampa bar in December of 2003. Wachholtz's body was found abandoned in his Jeep Cherokee in an apartment complex parking lot on January 6 of 2004. Galehouse's body was never found.

In December of 2003, Schweickert and partner Steven Lorenzo used the date rape drug GHB to lure and kidnap young men from local clubs in Tampa. The men were eventually tried in federal court on drug charges, but were never charged with murder.

When the case began to unravel, police investigators found that Lorenzo and Schweickert were part of an underground, sadomasochistic sex and drug-use culture. They used the victims as a part of that role playing.

In 2005, Lorenzo was sentenced to 200 years in federal prison for sexually torturing and drugging nine men. Schweickert was sentenced to 40 years in 2007.

Neither man was even charged with the deaths of Galehouse or Wachholtz until now.

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