Police Make Arrests in Manhole Murders

Daniel Sharp and Randy Reeder each face four murder charges.

Police say they killed four men in December, then hid the bodies in South Bend manholes.

Daniel Sharp and Randy Lee Reeder were arrested Friday night.

Sharp confessed to conspiring with Reeder to kill four men who were living with them in an abandoned building on Scott Street.

The county prosecutor says the motive may have been money.

"Based upon some personal disputes over some personal property that might have been taken," explains Frank Schaffer, St. Joseph County Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney.

According to the affidavit, that property was scrap metal, which the two men saved to sell.

Reeder and Sharp ambushed Michael Nolen Jr., Jason Coates, Michael Lawson and Brain Talboom about a week before Christmas in that abandoned Scott Street warehouse.

Prosecutors say they beat all four men to death using a hammer and a pipe.

They left the house and the bodies laying in it for a number of days.

They returned the day after Christmas, and decided to move the bodies to the manholes out back, where they were discovered by police mid-January.

Families of the four victims were at Saturday’s press conference.

They say they are thankful for the work law enforcement had done to catch the suspected murderers.

“They let us know that it was not cold, even though that the paper reported that it was cold,” says Amy Patterson, sister of Michael Nolen Jr.

“I can’t believe they found them this fast. And I always new they would find out, but I didn’t think that would happen this fast,” claims Bevery Karsezewski, Lawson’s mother.

Now they wait, hoping judgment day will come soon for the two men who allegedly killed their loved ones.

“I just hope that we get them to trial and not have plea bargain somewhere along the line,” says Darlene Nolan, mother of Michael Nolen Jr.

Investigators say their work is far from done.

They will continue searching for more evidence right up until the trial date.

Meanwhile, Sharp is expected in St. Joseph Court on Monday.

Reeder is currently awaiting extradition from Berrien County.


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