A Wisconsin couple who were found dead in a botanical garden late last month were brutally executed by their daughter's boyfriend, according to prosecutors.
Beth Potter, 52, and husband Robin Carre, 57, were found by a jogger in a ditch at the University of Wisconsin arboretum on the morning of March 31, the University of Wisconsin Police said. Khari Sanford, 18, was arrested on Thursday in relation to the murders, and a second suspect, 18-year-old Ali’jah Larrue, was arrested soon after.
Prosecutors have since detailed their allegations in a criminal complaint filed Tuesday, claiming that Sanford, described as the boyfriend of the couple’s daughter, fatally shot his girlfriend’s parents before abandoning their bodies, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
“This was a brutal execution,” Dane County assistant district attorney William Brown said during a video hearing Tuesday in Dane County Circuit Court, according to the paper.
Brown described the couple’s murders as a burglary-turned-kidnapping that ended in a double homicide. When Potter and Carre were found, Carre was wearing only his underwear while Potter was in her pajamas; both had been shot in the head, according to Brown.
Carre was pronounced dead at the scene, while Potter died at a nearby hospital, a spokesperson for the university police previously told Oxygen.com.
When announcing Sanford’s arrest last week, police stated that he was “known to the victims,” and the criminal complaint obtained by the Wisconsin State Journal sheds light on that relationship.
Miriam Potter Carre, one of the couple’s children, was Sanford’s girlfriend, and the pair were living with her parents; however, because Potter Carre was not following social distancing guidelines related to COVID-19 and Potter had a pre-existing health condition that put her at risk, Potter and Carre arranged for their daughter and Sanford to reside in an Airbnb in the weeks before their deaths, the complaint states, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
An unnamed friend of Potter Carre and Sanford told police that he overheard Potter Carre and Sanford talking in March about “how they could get money,” and said that Potter Carre told Sanford that her parents were rich, according to the complaint. That same friend also reportedly told police that Sanford admitted that he’d shot Potter and Carre, but that he was worried that Potter, who he’d heard had survived the shooting, would implicate him, the paper reports.
Potter Carre told police after the murder that Sanford was with her at the Airbnb on the night of the murders, but a search of her cellphone contradicted that claim, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. However, prosecutors have not commented on whether Potter Carre was involved in her parents' deaths, ABC News reports.
Attorneys for Sanford declined to comment to ABC News on the case, while lawyers for Larrue did not immediately respond.
Both Sanford and Larrue have been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, and a judge set their bail at $1 million dollars during Tuesday’s hearing, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. They are scheduled to next appear in court on April 16, according to ABC News.
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