Grand jury indicts man for killing his prison pen-pal, boyfriend

Grand jury indicts man for killing his prison pen-pal, boyfriend
Thomas Knuff (Source: WOIO)
Thomas Knuff (Source: WOIO)
Thomas Knuff (Source: Parma Heights Police)
Thomas Knuff (Source: Parma Heights Police)
Source: WOIO
Source: WOIO
Source: WOIO
Source: WOIO

PARMA HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Thomas Knuff, 42, a man recently released from prison, was indicted Friday for the deaths of a Parma Heights couple.

After serving more than 15-years for numerous thefts, Knuff's longtime prison pen-pal, 49-year-old Regina Capobianco and her boyfriend, 65-year-old John Mann, picked him up in April from the Lorain Correctional Institution, according to prosecutors.

On May 11, Knuff stabbed the couple to death in Mann's Parma Heights home and spent more than a month trying to cover-up his crimes.

Capobianco and Mann were discovered on June 21.

"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.

The indictment includes 21 charges including aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, theft, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse, vandalism, and breaking and entering.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty. Knuff will be arraigned on July 25.

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