Cave Creek Man Pleads Guilty in Woman's Gruesome 2008 Death

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Justin Wade Lunsford
A Cave Creek man accused of stabbing a woman to death and then setting fire to her house in July 2008 pleaded guilty to her murder Thursday.

Justin Wade Lunsford, 28, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and arson of an occupied structure in the death of 29-year-old Mary Elisabeth Polgar.

On July 8, 2008, neighbors reported that Polgar's Cave Creek home was on fire.

Firefighters discovered Polgar's nude and nearly decapitated body in an unburned part of the house, with stab wounds on her head, neck, abdomen, back, and groin.

Lunsford became a suspect after it was reported that Polgar was last seen leaving a Cave Creek bar with him the night before her death.

During the investigation, a friend of Lunsford told sheriff's deputies that Lunsford told him drug dealers had killed Polgar and he was being framed for her murder.

The friend said Lunsford then doused Polgar's home and car with gasoline and set them on fire to destroy the evidence that would "frame" him.

Investigators located and arrested Lunsford using cell phone records nearly a week after Polgar's death.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge set Lunsford's sentencing for May 13.


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6 comments
Julie
Julie

Liz was one of the nicest friends I have ever had. A loving, caring, beautiful soul! He also killed her dog Sion and her roomies cat. I hope they throw the book @ him! CCAH you are right, he is a loser tweaker!

CB
CB

he plea no contest.. not (guilty)..... they need to get there facts strenght.. i know both justin and liz..

Hmr2275
Hmr2275

Very scary. The convict and the comments!

Mentally Murdered
Mentally Murdered

Damn! He committed a heinous White on White crime! What a fucking asswipe to waste another White woman, who may hath been beautiful before her gory demise.

Crazed Country Acid Head
Crazed Country Acid Head

that slob used to hang around a biker bar in cave creek. but he is not a biker.he was more of a drunk hillbilly white trash tweeker meth addict. no wonder he flipped out.

Crazed Country Acid Head
Crazed Country Acid Head

this guy is more proof to never trust a short haired clean cut male. they use that clean cut look to hide the evil that lurks inside their dark souls. lady's who date short haired clean cut males like this guy you are in danger! let this be a warning to you. date a long haired guy instead. dont believe me? look at most police and jail mugshots and you will see what i mean.

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