THREE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH MURDER, AFTER A HELPER MAN WAS FOUND DEAD -- IN THE BASEMENT OF A BURNING PRICE HOME -- LAST MONTH.

PROSECUTORS CLAIM THE TWO MEN AND ONE WOMAN WERE INVOLVED IN THE KIDNAPPING AND DEATH OF 32-YEAR-OLD BRIAN SWINK.

INVESTIGATORS BELIEVE THE THREE KIDNAPPED HIM LATE LAST MONTH, AND LOCKED HIM IN ONE OF THE SUSPECT'S HOME.

POLICE SAY THE HOUSE IS KNOWN FOR DRUG ACTIVITY.

THEY SAY SWINK -- AND THE THREE, NOW FACING MURDER CHARGES -- ALL HAVE LONG CRIMINAL RECORDS.