Alan Champagne Charged in the Deaths of Two People Found in Backyard Coffin

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Sure enough, Phoenix police believe Alan Champagne -- the convicted murderer who happened to be a former resident of the house where human remains were found yesterday -- is responsible for those remains.

Additionally, Phoenix police say there were actually two bodies in the coffin, which was unearthed yesterday by landscapers, who were doing work for the new homeowner.

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The bodies haven't been identified, but perhaps it's not a coincidence that Champagne, 42, had been a suspect in a double murder since October 2011, according to Phoenix PD.

Meanwhile, Champagne became a suspect in an unrelated aggravated-assault case, and when police went to arrest him at his mother's place -- the same house where the bodies were dug up yesterday -- in March, Champagne barricaded himself inside.

Champagne then decided to start shooting at officers, police say, and he's been in jail on attempted first-degree murder charges -- and a variety of other charges -- ever since.

Now, after the discovery of the bodies, Champagne has some more problems.

Champagne didn't speak to detectives today, but a police spokesman says there's probable-cause to arrest him for the murders of the two people, whom Champagne had been in an "altercation" with before they were presumed dead.

Police say investigators had continued to pursue Champagne as a suspect in the case before the bodies were found -- even as he was in jail -- with the help of jail intelligence.

Champagne was released from prison in 2005 after serving 13 years for second-degree murder.

Stay tuned for updates.


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9 comments
cherelle602silver
cherelle602silver

Well Meeklo gets what he deserves....hopefully he won't ever see freedom ever again

ssn0
ssn0

Good to know the cops did nothing to find these bodies although he was suspected of killing them - fucking lazy bums!

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

Does anyone know the possible identities of the two people allegedly killed by Champagne back in the summer of 2011? There was never any news of missing persons so I assume these were probably drug addicts, transients or fellow people-of-the-street like Champagne himself. 

OOPS
OOPS

Thank the left for why this man spent time in prison for 2nd degree murder, was realseased, and murdered again.  The left hates the death penalty and believes the reform that their politicians push is good for the human race.  This country's sick left and and fraudulent right is so pathetic that the 236+ year experiment is not looking well.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

nvm, the victims are Brandi Hoffner and Philmon Tapaha, both reported missing by Phoenix PD in late June of 2011 in the area of 30th Street and Osborn.

azcumsquelcher
azcumsquelcher

@OOPS I would disagree with the idea that he should have been executed following the first murder but I don't believe that 13 years was an appropriate prison sentence. Unless Alan Champagne was attacked first or the stabbing was simply a reckless act, then he should have faced a 1st degree murder conviction. I hope that his gang-affiliation didn't motivate the prosecutor to pursue a lesser degree murder charge because it is very common for gang-related homicides to be classified in the 2nd degree because of the prolonged nature of the conflict. I believe Alan's defense was based on the fact that he was high on LSD when he stabbed Ricky, allowing his lawyer to argue that it was a spur-of-the-moment crime and that Champagne's mental state was impaired and his actions were reckless and a result of his impairment. He should have been in prison for 25 years or more but got off because his lawyer knew the right things to say. In my opinion, Alan Champagne is the same person as Michael Crane, a career thug who's only purpose in life is to smoke meth and steal shit from other people. This man will now spend the rest of his life on death row most likely, but all of this could have been avoided 21 years ago. It's cases like these that shake your faith in the justice system

fireserphent
fireserphent

@OOPS Unfortunately, it's more complex than a black/white, left/white issue. You can't just kill everyone that is sentenced to second-degree murder. Your sociopathic thirst for blood is just as bad as this guy.

boomer1949
boomer1949

@OOPS eh, wait, I'll find the right words...give me a sec...oh yeah, here they are...EAT SHIT YA IGNORANT COUSIN FUCKER.


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