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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Two Men Charged For Double Homicide And Armed Robbery Of Brooksville, Florida Couple

Ft. Myers, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the return by a grand jury of an indictment charging Alex Jared Zwiefelhofer (22, Wisconsin) and Craig Austin Lang (29, Arizona and North Carolina) with conspiracy to commit robbery affecting commerce and to discharge a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, robbery interfering in commerce, and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, resulting in death. The statutory penalties for these offenses include up to life imprisonment and death.

According to court documents, on April 10, 2018, two individuals, S.L., Jr. and D.L., were found dead in Estero, Florida from multiple gunshot wounds to the head and body. Further investigation revealed that the couple had traveled to Estero from Brooksville, Florida to complete the purchase of several firearms from an individual that had listed them for sale on a website known as Armslist. As a result of the investigation, Zwiefelhofer and Lang, were identified as the individuals who were believed to have murdered the couple during the course of an armed robbery for $3,000 that the couple intended to use to purchase the firearms.

Zwiefelhofer made his initial appearance in Madison, Wisconsin, and was detained pending his return to the Middle District of Florida in Ft. Myers. Lang is currently in custody, in Ukraine, pursuant to a provisional arrest request from the United States.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.        

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. It will be prosecuted by Ft. Myers Assistant United States Attorneys Jesus M. Casas and Josephine W. Thomas. 

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Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated September 25, 2019