TAMPA - He admitted to helping torture and kill two Tampa Bay area men. Scott Schweickert was eventually sentenced to 40 years in federal prison for his role. But prosecutors were never able to charge him with murder, until now.
An indictment, handed down by the Hillsborough County Grand Jury, charges the 47 year-old Schweickert with two counts of First Degree Murder, in the deaths of Michael Wachholtz and Jason Galehouse.
Tyler, who doesn't want ABC Action News to use his last name, was Galehouse's best friend. He says the murder charges should have come sooner. Tyler said, "Feeling like it's time. I'm ready for it. It's been a long time overdue. We just want justice and we just want the truth to come out."
In December of 2003, Schweickert admitted he and Stephen Lorenzo met Galehouse at a popular club and lured him back to Lorenzo's Seminole Heights home.
Schweickert claims they drugged, tortured and killed him, then dumped his dismembered body in trash bins around the city. The next night, Wachholtz suffered a similar fate.
Tyler hopes Lorenzo will eventually be indicted too. Tyler said, "A day doesn't go by that I don't stop thinking about the fight for justice and just getting some closure for his mother."
It's not clear why the Hillsborough County Grand Jury decided to indict Schweickert now.
But Tyler says it's another positive sign and he's looking forward to the trial. Tyler said, "I will be there that day and I will be there everyday in court to look at him."
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