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Schweickert back in Tampa to face charges in torture killings

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TAMPA (FOX 13) - More than 10 years later, the house where Jason Galehouse and Michael Wachholtz were lured to and killed in Seminole Heights couldn't be more peaceful.

But the horror is not forgotten.

"You see this neighborhood, you see it happened so close to all these people, nobody knew about it," said neighbor Lukas Diaz-Ames.

After the men disappeared in December of 2003, the investigation led to the arrests of Steven Lorenzo and Scott Schweickert.

Steven Lorenzo and Scott Schweickert


Wachholtz's body was found in the back of his car a month later; Galehouse's body was never found. Schweickert told investigators he and Lorenzo dismembered Galehouse, and dumped his body parts in garbage bins around the city.

Detectives said Schweickert and his friend Steven Lorenzo used the date rape drug GHB to lure and kidnap young men from local bars in Tampa.

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

The two men were eventually tried in federal court on drug charges. Lorenzo got 200 years on those charges; Schweickert got 40 years for helping. Lorenzo still has never been charged with murder.

But in September of 2012, a grand jury indicted Schweickert on murder and kidnapping charges.

Thursday, Schweickert was returned to Tampa from a jail in Arizona to face murder charges and a death penalty trial.

Jason Galehouse and Michael Wachholtz


We spoke to Galehouse's friend, Tyler, who does not provide his last name when being interviewed by the media.

"His mother has just always been searching for some type of closure, wanting to know that these scumbags have been put away together," he said.

Schweickert's return is a shock, but not a guarantee of relief until the gavel strikes.

"We are both obviously ecstatic at the news, but we still are concerned that it's possibly not going to go through, but hope it will," Tyler said.

Tyler says they'll be in attendance for every moment of court proceedings. He has no idea how they'll react when they see their loved ones’ alleged killer.

"I can't even imagine. I wish that they would do to both of them, what they have done in the past, which is to look back at the mothers and apologize for what they have done, to destroy the families," Tyler said.

Schweickert's arraignment is scheduled for June 9th.

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Murder charges filed in 2003 Galehouse, Wachholtz killings:
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/19659367/2012/09/27/murder-charges-filed-in-2003-galehouse-wachholtz-killings



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