Michael Christopher Shugars, 33, Kathryn Drive, Punxsutawney, has been charged with criminal homicide, a felony count of aggravated assault, a felony count of robbery, abuse of a corpse, simple assault and theft by unlawful taking in the death of Chet Allen Haddow, 33, of Punxsutawney.
Shugars was interviewed by the state police at the PSP headquarters in Punxsutawney and waived his Miranda rights. According to the affidavit, Shugars said he had met with Haddow to conduct a drug deal near the Valier bridge where he got into Haddow’s car.
Shugars said he and Haddow drove up Fan House Road where he and Haddow struggled over a 9mm handgun that Sugars had brought with him. Shugars said the weapon went off, killing Haddow. Shugars said he drove the car to a remote area along Blose Hollow Road and walked home.
Shugars said after dark on the same night he returned to the scene and drove the car with Haddow’s body back to his residence on Kathryn Drive, Punxsutawney. He told police he dismembered the victim using a chainsaw within Haddow’s car. Shugars said he then drove the victim’s car to various locations in Jefferson and Indiana counties, stopping at several remote places and disposed of the body parts by throwing them either into water or down embankments.
Shugars told the police h took the car to a gas well located off of Blose Hollow Road and poured gasoline into the car, removed all of his clothing and placed it in the car. Shugars then set the car on fire and drove home in a vehicle had had taken from his grandfather’s garage.
The affidavit stated the drugs involved were a suboxone pill and two bags of heroin valued at $60.
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