Double murder suspect was possibly more than violent; He was also accused of a decade of sexual assault by his daughter
Michael Lee Dudley, the suspect who was arrested on Friday in the double homicide of Burien residents Austin Wenner and Jessica Lewis not only had a violent past, he had a sexual assault restraining order filed against him by his own daughter in June of 2018.
The order, obtained by Westside Seattle was filed in Pierce County Superior Court and accuses Dudley of a ten year pattern of sexual assault. His daughter, now using a different name (real name withheld to protect her privacy), stated in court documents that Dudley "Sexually assaulted me for 9 years from age 10 until 18 (2007) by drugging and raping me. Forcing me to share a bed with him from age 10, and making me watch him masturbate while he watched pornography."
The daughter further went on to say "I don't feel safe in my home. Or leaving my home to work," and that he displayed, and threatened to use a firearm or other dangerous weapons and that he presented a serious and imminent threat to public health or safety.
The order was denied by the court. They stated in the certified documents "This allegation and the relationship of the party does not meet the definitions in a sexual assault petition per RCW 26.50.010. These allegations fall under domestic violence."
Gina Jaschke, Aunt of Jessica Lewis told Westside Seattle that King County Sheriff's deputies were at the site of Dudley's home impounding numerous vehicles and using a device to scan the grounds presumably for evidence of the murder of Lewis and Wenner or other crimes. Lewis and Wenner had been living in a room at his home and according to initial booking documents, could not pay the $1500 per month rent. That led to a loud argument on the evening of June 9 and again according to booking documents, Wenner pleading for his life and then shots were fired. The bodies of Lewis and Wenner were dismembered and put in garbage bags, then in suitcases where they washed ashore in West Seattle June 19. A viral TikTok video showing two girls discovering the suitcases near Duwamish Head led to the investigation.
Jaschke who was close to her niece Jessica said Dudley was, ”A sicko," and explained, "Sometimes he would break their car so they couldn't leave. He put trackers on people's cars. Anytime he ever got in a dispute with anybody he would tell them to leave but try to lock them in the house. He killed the dog in front of them and left the carcass outside for 3 days to scare them. They had nowhere to go That's why they stayed there."
"He beat this dog to death with a hammer because it got one of his chickens...he just left it out there for the other dogs to look at and sniff. He's a freaking psycho." She went on to say, "Once there was a electrician guy doing work for him and they had a falling out and he was trying to tell that guy to leave but yet he wouldn't let him leave. He threatened him with a gun and 911 was called.
King5.com reported that Dudley's ex-girlfriend said he violently assaulted her and that in 2016 he was arrested and charged with assault.
Dudley's bail has been set at $5 million, but he has not been formally charged. That is expected to happen Monday.
This story was amended on August, 24, 2020 when new information was found noting that the protection order was denied by Pierce County Superior Court.
What happened to innocent until proven guilty? This is such irresponsible journalism.
Death ? is what he deserves
Death is much to simple for him! Hes deserves to rott in hell! Austin and Jessica didnt deserve to die! He made that choice now he needs to be delt with by God!!
Problem with that is that he is not innocent far from it
What is wrong with pierce County they need to quit with that garbage no matter what way u look it’s sexual Assault and that sicko needs to go down for both what he did to his own daughter and what he did to that couple not to mention who ever else he may have hurt in the past.
If he was locked up because of rape, 2 people would have been saved
I just wish Washington State would not have gotten rid of the death penalty. It's tragic how a person sick like this can be amongst the community and hide his true nature. It's not right that he doesn't fry for committing multiple murders. Now taxpayers have to pay to keep this sicko alive in prison until the day the devil comes and takes him. I hope they catch whoever else is involved with this heinous crime. The gun issue and sexual assualt is really mind boggling. How did this man go under the radar for so long?? How can the police and the Superior Court of Pierce County not feel remorse for doing nothing?? The devil will be waiting for the Judge who denied the protection order for his daughter. That Judge is also responsible for protecting it's citizens and that Judge did nothing in their power to stop Michael Dudley from committing more crimes. Those poor people might of had a chance of survival if the Judge would of done their job right in the first place. Michael Dudley never should of had the law protecting him. He was the perpetrator and the victims are not protected. ??What is wrong with the Burien police department?? Allowing this psycho to own a gun is so outrageously sick. Defund the Police!! Defund the Courts!!
Oh you you morons in King County have a alot of room to criticize Pierce County you dont prosecute anyone for a crime in that hellhole of a county.
We have a broken/irreparable court system and this guy is a perfect example of what can happen because of the flawed justice system.
What a true shame/sham.
I wonder if he is responsible for other crimes. Diana Hopkinson 22 was killed and dismembered out of Seattle in 1989 and found in bags along 82 months later. Its a 30 year coldcase but every murderer like this should be looked into for other crimes.
This is a tragedy that should have never happened . I wonder how the judge that made that call sleeps at night.
I am Jessica's auntie. .Jessica and Austin are in heaven together. Our family's will never be the same. I'm glad this sick son of a bitch did not get away with this. The devil is going to pick him up soon and he will rot in HELL. Jessica and Austin did not deserve this. I miss my niece and Austin everyday. REST IN PEACE MY LOVES
Since He likes using a hammer, make him break stones with a small hammer for the rest of his pathetic life, and throw his cell key in the sea.