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Phoenix ex-con re-booked after human remains found

Old booking photo of Alan Champagne. (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections) Old booking photo of Alan Champagne. (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections)
New mug shot of Champagne after he was re-booked on March 6, 2013. New mug shot of Champagne after he was re-booked on March 6, 2013.
Police personnel seen digging in the backyard of a Phoenix home. Police personnel seen digging in the backyard of a Phoenix home.
Police were called to the area of 3800 N. 14th Place at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. Police were called to the area of 3800 N. 14th Place at about 1:45 p.m. Tuesday.
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

An ex-convict who served prison time for second-degree murder now has been accused in a double homicide case in Phoenix.

The house where a number of human remains were found was once owned by Alan Champagne's mother. Champagne is currently sitting in jail after shooting at police during a standoff at the home last year.

Police were called Tuesday after landscapers doing work at the home discovered a wooden box buried in the backyard.

The box and remains were exhumed. The victims are believed to be a man and a woman killed in a north Phoenix apartment in 2011, police said.

Their identities are being withheld pending an autopsy.

Police say the 42-year-old Champagne was jailed on unrelated aggravated assault and criminal trespassing charges.

He's now been re-booked on suspicion of two counts of first-degree murder.

Champagne served nearly 13 years in prison on the murder conviction before being released in 2005.

Champagne was renting from its new owner when police served an arrest warrant for aggravated assault on March 2, 2012, according to authorities.

[RELATED: Phoenix man, woman in custody after long standoff]

Champagne and Elise Garcia, then 21, barricaded themselves in the home with his 5-year-old son at 3823 N. 14th Place and Champagne and shot at a SWAT team as they forced their way in. The boy was released before the shooting.

According to court records, Champagne pleaded no contest to a second-degree murder charge in April 1992. He was released from prison in June 2005.

After the standoff a year ago, Champagne faced charges of first-degree attempted murder, kidnapping, aggravated assault and misconduct involving a weapon.

County records show the house was previously owned by Clarence Champagne, but it went into foreclosure and was sold at public auction in May 2011

Police were notified about the discovery at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday, according to police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson. 

Detectives from the Violent Crimes Bureau of the Phoenix Police Department are also assisting in the removal of the remains in the area near 16th Street and Indian School Road. 

News helicopter pictures showed several police personnel digging in a shallow grave.

Police were at the home overnight collecting evidence.

Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.

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