Authorities have arrested two more people in connection with the slaying of a Helena Valley couple earlier this week and released additional details about the alleged attack.
Charla Rae Taylor, 64, and David Muncie Taylor, 61, were found dead in their home on Cayuse Road north of Helena Monday night. Authorities say a concerned family member went to check on the couple and reported finding their lifeless bodies inside.
Preliminary autopsy results say the couple died from "multiple blunt and sharp force injuries" and described the manner of death as homicide, according to information provided by Lewis and Clark County Coroner Bryan Backeberg.
Authorities arrested the couple's 21-year-old son Kaleb David Taylor of Helena on Tuesday, 21-year-old Kyle Alexander Hamm of Helena on Thursday and 22-year-old Journey Ryder John Wienke of Helena on Friday in connection with with the two deaths. Lewis and Clark County Sheriff Leo Dutton said Kaleb Taylor and Hamm both turned themselves in, and law enforcement officers took Wienke into custody after finding him in a Helena Valley home.
Court documents released Friday say the victims had recently learned their son was involved in a March 10 burglary of their Lincoln Road business, Lincoln RV Park.
Investigators later obtained security footage showing the three suspects and another person entering the business about 1 a.m. Kaleb Taylor and Hamm both admitted the burglary to investigators, saying they needed the money to pay a man who had threatened them with a gun after Kaleb Taylor bought drugs from him without paying.
Family members of the victims said the couple had confronted their son about the burglary before they were killed.
Hamm told authorities the three suspects drove to the victims' home together on the night they died. He said he stayed in the truck with the door open as Kaleb Taylor and Wienke went inside.
Hamm told investigators the two men were in the home for about 15 minutes, and he saw a bedroom light go on for a short time before going off again. After the others returned to the truck, he said, Kaleb Taylor told him to drive to a car wash.
Security footage from a car wash near the victims' home shows the three suspects exiting a truck and rapidly cleaning it. Court documents say Kaleb Taylor and Wienke were also seen using the wash-wand to clean their feet, "presumably to remove evidence of blood."
The footage also shows Wienke using the wash-wand to clean "a long bar-type device investigators believe was the murder weapon," court documents say. Investigators also found a knife blade in a collection point in the car-wash drain system, and Hamm later admitted to kicking it into a drain beneath the truck.
Kaleb Taylor told investigators he disturbed a jewelry box and stole some items from his parents' home to make it looks like someone else had robbed and killed them. He also admitted to disposing of the stolen property throughout Lewis and Clark County and burning his blood-stained clothes after soaking them in lighter fluid.
Kaleb Taylor is charged with two counts of deliberate homicide and one count of tampering with evidence. He initially denied responsibility but later admitted to killing his parents, court documents say.
At the time his parents were killed, Kaleb Taylor was under the supervision of Helena Probation and Parole following a conviction for stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from a neighbor and his parents in 2015. He was supposed to be living with his parents while on conditional release from the Department of Corrections.
Wienke is charged with two counts of deliberate homicide, tampering with evidence, burglary and theft.
"Please remember that all suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law," Dutton said in a press release Friday afternoon.
Dutton said officials are still looking for Andrew Duncan, who is considered a person of interest in connection with the couple's death. The Montana Department of Corrections, which lists Duncan as a probation absconder, describes him as a 5-foot-10, 155-pound Asian man or Pacific Islander with brown hair and eyes. He was born in 1996.
“We would like to talk with Andrew Duncan in regard to the recent double homicide," Dutton said in an announcement Wednesday. "If you see this individual, please call 406-447-8293 with his description and where he is. He is not considered dangerous, but do not detain him. Please call us if you see him so we can talk with him.”
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that the couple was found dead by a family member.