Tammy Lee <I>Morehart</I> Lovell

Tammy Lee Morehart Lovell

Birth
Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 21 Feb 2006 (aged 32)
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 13512153 · View Source
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Ariz. Man Arrested for Quintuple Homicide
By BETH DeFALCO, Associated Press Writer
Fri Mar 3, 11:23 PM

PHOENIX - The employer of three of the five victims of a quintuple homicide last week was arrested Friday in connection with the killings, police said.

William Craig Miller, 28, was arrested at a Scottsdale restaurant and booked on suspicion of five counts of first-degree murder, a weapons misconduct charge and one count of burglary, police said.

"We believe that he was involved in the shooting," said Mesa police Sgt. Chuck Trapani. He said investigators are confident Miller did not act alone and are continuing to investigate.

Police said they believe Miller was at the victims' home at the time of the killings but declined to say if he was the triggerman in any of the shootings.

Trapani said the burglary charge was related to Miller unlawfully entering the victims' home in a gated neighborhood in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa. He would not comment on the weapons misconduct count.

Police declined to say what the motive for the killing may have been.

Miller's attorney, Phil Noland, did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press left at his office late Friday night.

Killed were 32-year-old Tammy Lee Lovell; her 10-year-old son, Jacob Lovell; her 15-year-old daughter, Cassandra Lovell; Lovell's boyfriend Steven Duffy, 30, and his 18-year-old brother, Shane Duffy.

Tammy Lee Lovell's mother, Pat Morehart, said she was "ecstatic" there had been an arrest in the case.

"This is the first time I've been happy in two weeks," Morehart said Friday night.

The Duffys and Tammy Lovell worked for Miller's company, PuroClean of Scottsdale, a disaster restoration clean-up company.

Miller was charged along with Steven Duffy with arson for an alleged attempt to torch his Scottsdale home in November. Records in Maricopa County Superior Court show that Tammy Lovell contacted police about the arson and Lovell and Steven Duffy apparently helped police gather evidence in the case.

Police have searched Miller's home twice since the killings, once after he called to report that someone sprayed bullets into his bed during a burglary.

Miller told a local newspaper this week that some of his friends gave sworn depositions that they were with him during the early morning hours of Feb. 21, when the five were shot to death.

Miller's friend, Seth Ladner, told the East Valley Tribune that he was with Miller and another man at Miller's house after 11:30 p.m. Feb. 20 during a night of heavy drinking. Ladner said, however, he passed out about 2 a.m. _ too early to be sure of Miller's whereabouts at 2:41 a.m., the time of the homicides.
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Tammy Lee "Morehart" Lovell
Tammy Lee "Morehart" Lovell, age 32, was born September 10, 1973 in Williamsport, PA, daughter of Charles and Patricia Morehart Jr. She passed away on February 21, 2006 along with two of her four children, Cassandra "Cassie" Louise Lovell, age 15, born January 28, 1991 in Manassas, VA and Jacob Burley Daniel Lovell, age 10, born January 11, 1996 in Manassas, VA. Tammy is survived by her daughter, Heidi, age 17; son, Derango, age 16; and her grandson, Jaydon, age 3 weeks. She is also survived by her parents; her brother Joseph and Tracey Morehart; her sister, Luhanna and Boyd Chesley; loving nieces, Sierra, Tiffany and Sarah; and nephew, Keegan. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Cassandra and Jacob are survived by their father, Paul K. Lovell; sister, Heidi; brother, Derango; and nephew, Jaydon. They are survived by Grammy and Pop Morehart; Grandpa Paul Lovell; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. They will be missed dearly. Memorial services will be held at Faith Family Church, 101 E. Comstock, Chandler, AZ 85225 at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 2006. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the family to cover expenses at Arizona Federal Credit Union to the Lovell Memorial Fund. Sign the Guest Book at eastvalleytibune.com.
Published in the East Valley Tribune on 3/3/2006.


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