Human remains found in back yard of home

March 6, 2013 at 9:41 AM

PHOENIX, March 6 (UPI) -- A new owner of a Phoenix home found human remains in his back yard, police said.

The owner was doing renovations and landscaping Tuesday when he found a shallow grave, KSAZ-TV, Phoenix, reported.

Police and forensic specialists are now working meticulously to unearth the remains, KSAZ-TV said, and about 10 p.m. Tuesday, lifted a large wooden box from the hole.

Neighbors told KSAZ-TV the previous owners of the home were violent and not friendly.

The residence was the scene of a standoff with a police SWAT team last March, The Arizona Republic reported, and the resident, Alan Champagne, was accused of shooting at officers during the incident.

Champagne is now facing a number of charges, including first-degree murder, the Republic said.

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