Home Used In Knox County Murders Has New Owners


UPDATED: Thursday February 7, 2013 6:56 AM

The home that was used by Matthew Hoffman in a triple murder now has new owners despite its tragic past.

Hoffman killed Tina Hermann, her son Kody Maynard, and family friend Stephanie Sprang at the house in 2010.

Now, Tom and Bonnie Mongitore have moved in.

The current renters, soon-to-be-owners, said they are not thinking about past but are concentrating on the future of the house.

“I’m not superstitious, and it wasn’t the home’s fault,” said Bonnie Mongitore.

Officials at Habitat for Humanity of Knox County felt the same way. The organization gained the home after the bank tried to sell it.

The bank did a full hazmat clean up of the home which included new floors, paint, and furnace.

“We were happy to take this home and try to turn something tragic into something positive, and hopeful, and good,” said Habitat for Humanity board member Linda Michaels.

The Mongitores said there are no signs that anything tragic has happened in the house.

“It means a lot to me because it's the first time I've been able to buy a house, and it's a beautiful home,” added Bonnie.

Kody Maynard’s father told 10TV that he’s still met with mixed emotions, but he is happy that Habitat for Humanity has helped a family establish a new home.

Tom and Bonnie said neighbors have dropped off cards and food to welcome them.

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