One of Tarwacki murder weapons found

New information came out in court today about the February 2010 murders of John and Carolyn Tarwacki.

For instance, one of the weapons used to kill the couple in their home near Niles was later found hidden at the scene of the crime.

“Yes, that is the knife,” said Sharon McKnight who testified in court today. McKnight is the mother of Carolyn Tarwacki and was the administrator of Carolyn’s estate.

McKnight found the knife as she was cleaning the freezer portion of a spare refrigerator at the Tarwacki home, some two months after the murders (on Good Friday).

“There was frozen items, peas, vegetables, whatever, tacos, or whatever, placed in front of it, and the knife was at the back of the freezer,” said McKnight, who added that the knife had blood on it.

While no evidence was introduced to link the knife to the man charged with the Tarwacki murders, Keith Lintz; prosecutors did take shot at linking Lintz to a gun that was used—but was not found.

“Keith, he had it in his waist band, it was a little silver revolver with a black handle,” said Patricia Wilds. Wilds testified that Lintz visited the home where she was living shortly after the murders. When asked if Lintz said anything, Wilds replied, “Don’t bring a knife to a gun show.”

Wilds claims that Lintz asked to stay at the home where she was living and did end up living there off and on.

Before the killings, testimony indicates that Lintz was living at his mother’s home about five doors down from the Tarwacki’s on Carberry Road.

Wilds said that Lintz appeared “jittery,” when he first arrived at her boyfriend’s home.

“He just kept repeating that footprint thing, that he should have wiped them, he just kept saying he should have wiped them,” said Wilds.

While the killer apparently left no fingerprints at the scene, there were attempts to link Lintz to a set of foot prints found in the snow in the Tarwacki’s back yard.

Blood spots were found near seven of those prints, and tests showed it was the blood of Carolyn Tarwacki.

“I don’t know the address, but it was on Carberry Road,” said Karessa Warner from the witness stand. Warner said she was living with Lintz at his mother’s home at the time of the murders. “Well it started off with cops outside of his door, and then I asked him (Lintz) why are there cops? And his exact words told me, well that he was a number one suspect for a double homicide because they have his footprints going through the yard,” said Warner.

Both of the women who knew Lintz and testified against him today had criminal records of their own. In fact, Warner came to court in shackles, because she is still serving time in prison for meth related charges.

The hearing ended when the judge decided that sufficient evidence had been presented to bring Lintz to trial.


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