Keith Long and Renae Gardner were killed while asleep in AJ home
Pinal County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) announced that a third suspect has been arrested in an Apache Junction murder investigation from 2016.
PCSO deputies arrested a member of the Loose Cannons motorcycle gang for his involvement in a double homicide. Clint Wendelschafer (31) was taken into custody near Ellsworth and Adobe Roads in Mesa on Tuesday, September 25 just before 3 p.m.
According to a PCSO statement, Wendelschafer was wanted for his involvement in the murder of 51-year-old Keith Andrew Long and 45-year-old Renae Gardner on May 24, 2016.
The couple was asleep in their home near University Drive and Meridian Drive in Apache Junction when they were shot and killed.
Keith Long’s body was eventually dumped into the canal near Skyline and Quail Run Roads in San Tan Valley. Renae Gardner’s body was found along the Beeline Highway.
Officials said that during the investigation, detectives learned Nicholas Douglas (33) of San Tan Valley, Demian Blu (41) of Apache Junction and Clint Wendelschafer of Tempe were at the scene at the time of the murders. The three fled to Tempe after the couple was killed.
Several days went by before Blu and Douglas went back to the home to remove the victim’s bodies and clean up the crime scene.
“I want to thank the hard work of our detectives and also recognize the close partnership we have with the Apache Junction Police Department and their assistance in this case,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb. “Everyone involved worked hard at putting this case together to hold accountable the individuals who took the lives of two people. Hopefully, this will give the victim’s families some closure.”
Wendelschafer is facing charges of Assisting in a Street Gang and Conspiracy to Commit Murder. Damien Blu is in PCSO custody for Burglary, Assisting in a Street Gang, Concealment of a Body, and Hindering Prosecution of First Degree Murder. Nicholas Douglas is in DOC custody for an unrelated weapons offense. All three will face additional charges.