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Sheriff: Couple arrested in FL dismemberment case tied to 'brutal' Landrum triple homicide

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Christopher Taylor and Kristina Sluss (Source: Polk Co. Detention) Christopher Taylor and Kristina Sluss (Source: Polk Co. Detention)
Nathan Louis Poffenberger. (Credit: Family) Nathan Louis Poffenberger. (Credit: Family)
Francis Delancey Richards and her husband Fred Richards. (Source: Family) Francis Delancey Richards and her husband Fred Richards. (Source: Family)
LANDRUM, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright announced two arrests in connection with a triple homicide in Landrum in January.

Christopher Taylor, 31, and Kristina Sluss, 36 face three counts of murder in connection to the homicides of Nathan Poffenberger, Francis Richards, and Fred Richards, according to warrants.  The warrants also state that they took money and drugs from a victim.

The victims were found dead January 20 inside a home on Landrum Mill Road.

Arrest warrants indicate the victims were struck with a "lethal cutting instrument."

The coroner said Poffenberger’s father told investigators the 23-year-old had gone to visit the Richards on Jan. 19.

The father said he went to look for his son the next morning after he had not returned home and saw someone lying in the floor of the Richards’ home. The father then told investigators he forced himself inside and found the victims dead.

According to the sheriff, violent crime investigators in Spartanburg County were contacted by investigators in Polk County, Florida who were working on a homicide and dismemberment case.  In interviews, Taylor and Sluss reportedly told investigators information about the triple homicide that only people who were there would know. A confession was also obtained, Wright said.

According to FOX 13 in Florida, Taylor and Sluss are in a relationship.  Authorities in Florida said Taylor became angry with a homeless man they met as drifters in Florida and attacked him with a frying pan in February 2018.  The body of the victim, identified as Douglas Bowling, was found in an orange grove with his hand cut off.

Although the couple was transient, Wright said they were staying in the Landrum area when the homicides occurred in January.

Taylor and Sluss are also charged with armed robbery and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection to the Landrum case.

Polk County Sheriff's Office in Florida shared additional details in a press conference on Saturday:

During the press conference, Sheriff Grady Judd said Taylor and Sluss had been staying with Taylor's mother in Landrum, and said Sluss made the confession to the homicides in South Carolina to Polk County, Florida investigators.

Judd also made a chilling statement on Taylor.

"I don't believe for a minute, when you look at this guy, that this may be all the people he's murdered," said Judd as he held up a photo of Taylor. "He doesn't murder people. He savagely murders people."

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