FLORENCE — Authorities have arrested a 31-year-old man believed to be associated with a motorcycle gang for his alleged involvement in the 2016 murders of two people.
Clint Wendelschafer of Tempe was taken into custody by the Pinal County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday for the deaths of Keith Long and Renae Gardner.
The couple was shot and killed while they were sleeping at a home in Apache Junction in May 2016. Long's body was found in a canal in San Tan Valley and Gardner's body was found along Beeline Highway (State Route 87 between Phoenix and Payson).
Wendelschafer is believed to be one of three suspects involved in the murders. Demian Blu, 41, of Apache Junction was indicted earlier this year for concealing dead bodies and Nicholas Douglas, 44, of San Tan Valley is suspected of helping Blu dispose of the bodies.
Court documents show Blu was re-indicted on Monday for two counts of first-degree murder, one count of conspiracy to commit murder, two counts of concealing dead bodies, and one count of participating in a street gang. PinalCentral was told Wendelschafer's court records were sealed from public view.
Douglas was convicted earlier this year in Pinal County Superior Court for prohibitively possessing weapons and sentenced to two years in prison. According to court records, PCSO executed a search warrant at the home of Douglas's parents and found shotguns, knives, and daggers in his possession.
According to Wendelschafer's Facebook page, the suspect appears to belong to the Loose Cannons motorcycle group. His profile contains multiple pictures that suggest he identifies with white supremacist ideologies.
In April, Wendelschafer posted a picture online celebrating Adolf Hitler's birthday. He also posted a photo of two women holding up swastikas. In another photo, the suspect is seen with a Confederate flag hanging behind him.
The defendant has been detained at the Pinal County jail on $500,000 bond. He's facing charges of assisting a criminal street gang and conspiracy to commit murder.