A suspected serial killer accused of murdering his ex-wife and two others in New Mexico and bludgeoning a man to death in New Jersey has now been charged with a fifth murder of a man he allegedly enlisted to help move bins filled with his other victims’ dismembered bodies.
A months-long investigation spanning several different states led Albuquerque police to charging Sean Lannon, 47, with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Randall Todd Apostalon, 60, on Tuesday.
A criminal complaint states that Lannon hired Apostalon in February to help him move some boxes into storage.
At the time Apostalon was apparently unaware that the boxes were filled with the cut up bodies of Lannon’s ex-wife Jennifer Lannon, 39, Matthew Miller, 21, and Jesten Mata, 40, of Grants, Albuquerque.
He was found dead March 5 on a passenger seat in his pickup truck in an airport parking garage in Albuquerque.
A criminal complaint claims Lannon knocked out Apostalon with several blows to his face, then fatally beat the Albuquerque man with a small sledge hammer that was in the truck’s cab.
Lannon cleaned the interior of the truck’s cab, put Apostalon’s body on the front passenger seat and covered it with a black tarp, the complaint asserts.
Already accused of four murders in New Mexico, Sean Lannon, formerly of South Jersey, now stands accused of killing a man he allegedly hired to help hide the bodies. https://t.co/vspYCMmnUX— Burlington County Times (@BurlcoTimes) June 16, 2021
It alleges Lannon parked the truck outside an apartment complex where he and his children were staying with a friend.
The truck was left next to a large trash bin “in an effort to mask the smell of the dismembered and decomposing bodies,” the complaint says.