A teenager has been arrested in connection to the deaths of a Wisconsin couple who were discovered at a local botanical garden earlier this week.
The UW-Madison Police Department took 18-year-old Khari Sanford into custody on Thursday night, police announced Friday. Sanford was booked into the Dane County jail on two counts of party to a crime for first-degree intentional homicide in connection to the murders of Beth Potter, 52, and Robin Carre, 57, according to police.
A passerby jogging at the University of Wisconsin’s Arboretum in Madison on Tuesday morning discovered the couple in a ditch near the lake, a spokesperson for the university police previously confirmed to Oxygen.com.
Carre was pronounced dead at the scene, while Potter was transported to a nearby hospital and died there. Authorities have not said how the couple was killed, but an autopsy report obtained by Oxygen.com stated that the pair died from “homicidal related trauma.”
In their statement on Friday, the UW-Madison Police Department said that Sanford was “known to the family,” but did not give any further details on what that relationship was. They also reiterated that the couple’s killing was “not a random act.”
“It was calculated, cold-blooded, and senseless, and we will continue to do all we can to bring justice to Robin and Beth, their family, and their loved ones,” Police Chief Kristen Roman said.
Potter, a doctor and associate professor, was a physician at the Access Community Health Centers' Wingra Family Medical Center, as well as the medical director of UW Health’s Employee Health Services, according to local outlet WMTV. Carre was known in the Madison community as a soccer coach who helped many young people, the outlet reports. They leave behind three children.
Police have not publicized any possible motive Sanford may have had.
The teen had a previous brush with the law last year, having been charged with felony auto theft and placed into a deferred prosecution program as a result of the crime, according to WKOW.
Police said Friday that the investigation into the couple’s killing is “very active,” and anyone with any information on the case is encouraged to contact the department. They may also reach out to Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014 or at www.p3tips.com.
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