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Grand jury indicts man charged in Parma Heights double homicide, bodies found badly decomposed

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Posted at 7:02 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 19:02:35-04

A grand jury has indicted a man for a double homicide after two bodies were found badly decomposed inside a Parma Heights home in June.

Thomas Knuff is accused of killing Regina Capobianco and John Mann. He allegedly stabbed the couple to death on May 11 in Mann's Parma Heights home. He spent more than one month trying to cover up his crimes, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

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Capobianco, 49, was Knuff's longtime pen-pal. She and her boyfriend, Mann, picked Knuff up from the Lorain Correctional Institute in April. Knuff had served more than 15 years for numerous thefts in Parma, Parma Heights, Garfield and Middleburg Heights, according to authorities.

Capobianco and Mann were discovered on June 21.

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Knuff's indictment has 21 charges, including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, theft, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse, vandalism, and breaking and entering.

"This career criminal who was just released from prison went on to commit a slew of crimes and brutally murdered two of his so-called friends," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley. "His heinous acts compelled our office to seek the death penalty."

Knuff will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

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