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Pa. couple charged in Wetzel Co. triple murder

Updated: Tuesday, July 22 2014, 05:33 PM EDT


A Pennsylvania couple has been arrested for a triple homicide that happened in Littleton, W.Va. on Jan. 13.

Samuel Lee Spencer, 25, and Natasha Lynn Burns, 26, are both charged with first-degree murder in connection with the deaths of Michael, 63, and Carmen McDougal, 55, and their friend Jimmy Kisner, 48.

According to reports, Spencer allegedly told an acquaintance the murders were some sort of revenge, saying, "I will get them back."

The three victims were all found stabbed to death and a fire was then set to allegedly "cover up" the murders, according to reports.

Originally, fire personnel and police were called to the McDougal's on Cliff Run Road for the fire. The home was burnt to the ground and charred remains of the three victims were recovered.

West Virginia State Police used surveillance video from a local store, Koontz Country Cupboard, to help identify the vehicle used in the attack.

Burns and Spencer also told police Burns drove to Wetzel County to pick up Burns on Jan. 13. Officials said DNA blood evidence was found in that car.

According to state police, another shooting happened outside the McDougal's home on July 31, 2012, involving Nicholas E. Spencer, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds but survived. Police did not confirm if Nicholas Spencer is related to Samuel Spencer, but say they believe the crimes are unrelated.

Spencer and Burns were arrested by Pennsylvania state police Monday afternoon at the Greene County probation office, where the two had appeared on something unrelated.

Both are both in a Pennsylvania jail awaiting extradition. A court hearing is scheduled for July 28 at 1 p.m.

Pa. couple charged in Wetzel Co. triple murder

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