Police identify couple killed, charge teen with their murder

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.,None - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police found a man and a woman shot to death, apparently at the hand of the couple's 15-year-old son, early Monday morning after the suspect called 911 to confess.

Police initially responded to the Buxton Drive home in south Charlotte shortly after 2 a.m. as part of a welfare check after receiving a call for help. The suspect called 911 again and told dispatchers he had shot his father and step-mother and would be waiting at a nearby street corner, police said.

When police entered the Buxton Drive home, they found the couple who had been shot to death, they said.

Police identified the victims as 43-year-old Christian Hans Liewald and 24-year-old Cassie Meghan Buckaloo.

The teen was arrested and charged with murder, armed robbery, and attempted auto theft, police said. His name will not be released because he is a minor, police said.

According to police, the teen suspect will be sent to a juvenile detention center in the state.

According to a website maintained by Liewald, he formed the Liewald Alternative School in December 2008 and created a curriculum for a unnamed 15-year-old student. The website said listed Liewald's reason for leaving the alternative school was to take on administrative duties, but pass off the instruction work to someone else.

Liewald also listed himself as the webmaster for the Zoar United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

Liewald's father identified the teen as the couple's son, Matthew. He said he had only just learned about the shooting and speculated the teen rebelled. He said his son ran a strict household, but did not elaborate on how strict.

Many residents in the neighborhood agreed.

Neighbor Phyllis Kirby lamented the violence in her community. "He's a baby; his life is destroyed. It's just sad. I don't know what was going through his mind," she said.

To try the teen as an adult, the district attorney's office would have to schedule a hearing to start that process. So far, the DA's office has not commented on making that step in the case.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective or call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600.

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