MADISON – Dane County prosecutors believe the deaths of a physician and her husband may have been the result of a conflict with their daughter’s boyfriend brought on by a disagreement over social distancing.
Khari Sanford, 18, was charged on Tuesday with two counts of party to the crime of first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon.
Ali’jah Larrue, 18, a friend of Sanford, was charged as an accomplice and faces two counts of party to the crime of first-degree intentional homicide. Bail for each was set at $1 million.
Sanford’s attorney, Crystal Vera, declined to be interviewed, while Larrue’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for an interview Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint:
Beth Potter, 52, and husband Robbin Carre, 57, were found about 6:30 a.m. March 31 by two separate joggers near the University of Wisconsin Arboretum who made the call to police.
Paramedics at the scene said Potter showed some signs of life and she was transported to the University of Wisconsin Hospital where she eventually died. Potter was found wearing pajamas and socks, but no shoes.
Carre was found dead at the scene wearing only underwear. Both suffered gunshot wounds to the back of the head. They were apparently shot the day before they were found.
Potter and Carre’s daughter was dating Sanford at the time of the incident.
Around March 30, Potter and Carre moved their daughter and Sanford out of the house and into an Airbnb because they were not adhering to their “social distancing rules due to concerns on the coronavirus.”
Reportedly Potter said to a friend that her daughter was saying things like “you don’t care about me” and “you don’t talk to me” as they were moving them out.
The friend also told police that they thought “more bad stuff was going on,” but Potter did not say anything.
Potter’s supervisor at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics said Potter’s medication put her at greater risk of infection and that she needed social distancing.
A classmate of the daughter at Madison West High School told investigators he overheard a discussion between the daughter and Sanford in a ceramics class shortly before school was canceled last month in which she told Sanford her parents had “bands” of money and that they were rich. The friend said “bands” likely meant thousands of dollars in cash.
The friend, according to the complaint, told investigators that Sanford appeared excited and frantic when he stopped by his house on March 31 and made a phone call to Larrue. Sanford said to Larrue he had heard on social media that one of the victims was in the hospital and possibly alive, the friend said.
“I swear I hit them, how did they survive,” Sanford allegedly said. The friend said Sanford got off the phone and told him he had shot the people at the arboretum “in the back of the head” and that Larrue was with him. When the interview was conducted, authorities had not said publicly how the victims were injured.
Surveillance video showed a minivan similar to one owned by Carre traveling on streets around campus that matched GPS coordinates on Larrue’s cellphone, the complaint said.
When police interviewed the victims’ daughter, she told them she was with Sanford the night of the killings and that neither one had left their rental home.
UW police spokesman Marc Lovicott said Tuesday that the investigation remains active. Police have said that the couple were targeted and that Sanford was known to the victims’ family.
Potter worked at the Wingra Family Medical Center, run by the UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Access Community Health Centers. She also was medical director of UW Health’s Employee Health Services.
Carre headed up a Madison youth soccer club. Carre’s professional consulting work involved helping high school students prepare themselves for college admissions.
The couple are survived by three children in their teens and 20s.
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