Joseph Soule and Jaclyn Lepird were a social couple who enjoyed the pleasure of other’s company. Yet, their love for partying, unfortunately, cost them their lives.
“They liked to party,” Charles Reed, the couple’s landlord, said before he confessed to murdering both of them.
Reed consistently had problems with the tenants.
“From everybody that we’ve talked to…it sounds like they had an ongoing dispute where they could not get along,” Battle Creek Police Department Sgt. Detective Joel Case said. “They had arguments about money, they had arguments about you name it. So it was relatively common for him to complain to people that he was annoyed by them, didn’t get along with them,” he said.
“[Reed] would tell other people he had another bad night’s sleep and couldn’t sleep because of all the noise going on,” he said. “It was a bad environment.”
On Oct. 7th, the issues seemed to have reached its breaking point for both parties.
According to Reed, during an argument, Soule pulled a knife on him. In self-defense he pulled a gun, fatally wounding Soule. Lepird “tried running from the residence, at which time he ended up shooting her as well,” Case said.
Reed also told case that, he “proceeded to beat and strangle her until she ended up passing away in the backyard.”
For a couple of days, Reed left the bodies wrapped in the back of his pick-up truck. But, when friends started to come by to check on the couple, he relocated them to an abandoned garage.
Eventually, Reed ended up turning himself in to the police and is being held at Calhoun County Jail.