Teen Pleads Guilty to Killing Father, Stepmother
CHARLOTTE, NC -- Matthew Liewald, 16, pled guilty today to two counts of Second Degree Murder on Thursday. Liewald was sentenced to 150-189 months in prison for each offense for a total of 300-378 months in prison.
On September 26, 2011, the defendant murdered his father, Christian Liewald, and stepmother, Cassie Buckaloo Liewald at the family's home. According to authorities, the defendant had been grounded by his father for returning home late from Scarowinds the previous Friday night. When the victims left the home on Sunday night, the defendant packed a bag, then put on a tactical vest and equipped himself with two handguns and a survival knife with an 8-inch blade. He positioned a shotgun on the hallway floor and watched a surveillance camera for his father’s return. When the victims returned, the defendant ambushed them as they entered the front door. Christian Liewald was shot four times. Cassie Buckaloo Liewald was shot eight times.
The defendant retrieved keys from the bodies and attempted to steal cars belonging to Christian and Cassie Liewald, but ran when he was unsuccessful. He then called police and admitted to shooting the victims. The defendant confessed to homicide detectives, stating that he wanted to run away and believed that killing his father was the only option. The defendant also stated that he intended to kill his father but “not necessarily Cassie.”
Contrary to some contentions, the investigation did not reveal the defendant to be the victim of any significant history of abuse.