Parma Heights murders: Police say suspect, victim became pen pals in prison

PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A man has been charged in the deaths of two people whose bodies were found in a Parma Heights home last month.

Thomas Knuff has been charged with two counts of aggravated murder. Court records state he stabbed John Mann and Regina Capobianco, a mother-of-three, multiple times on May 11.

At a press conference Monday morning, authorities said Knuff and Capobianco became pen pals as they were both serving time behind bars.

Police believe Mann and Capobianco were dating.

Knuff was arraigned in Parma Municipal Court Monday afternoon. Bond was set at $50 million.

Thomas Knuff-photo courtesy: Parma police

Knuff was released from prison in April after serving more than 15 years for charges including breaking and entering, and aggravated robbery.

Officers discovered the bodies of Capobianco and Mann on June 21 in a Nelwood Road home while doing a welfare check for a missing woman.

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