Two Members of "Body Snatchers" Charged with Murder
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two Milwaukee men already accused of kidnapping have been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide.
Thirty-six-year-old Michael Anthony Lock and 41-year-old Donald L. Cooper are accused of killing Felipe Armondo Melendez-Rivas and Eugene Chaney. Their bodies were found in concrete in a Milwaukee backyard in 2005.
Prosecutors say it took investigators two years to link the bodies to the suspects. They were able to make the link as a result of a fraud investigation by the FBI.
Lock is a mortgage broker who owned two businesses under investigation. According to federal search warrants, he and nine other people were charged in a fraud scheme that reportedly involved at least 25 homes and more than $2 million in loans.
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