NILES – The man accused in a double murder in Niles two and a half years ago is now facing two felony murder charges and gun charges.
Police first contacted Kieth Lintz Jr., 28, or Niles almost 1 week after the Feb. 5, 2010 murders, and he was a person of interest in the case ever since. The investigation eventually spanned 4 states, 725 tips, and more than 300 interviews.
Lintz appeared via video conference in front of a Cass County judge Thursday morning. He was charged with two counts of felony murder and carrying a firearm to commit a felony. The charges of first degree murder carry a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
The judge did not post bond for Lintz, meaning he'll sit in jail until his next hearing.
Cass County Prosecutor Victor Fitz accused him of stabbing John Tarwacki ten times and shooting him twice. Fitz said he stabbed Carolyn Tarwacki four times, shot her twice and she was beaten severely in the face.