The mystery of a couple’s murder has been solved after a man was found guilty on Monday.
Khari Sanford, 20, has been convicted of two counts of first-degree first degree homicide for fatally shooting his girlfriend’s parents in March 2020.
The corpses of the doctor Dr. Beth Potter of the University of Wisconsin and her husband Robin Carre were dumped at the UW Arboretum after Sanford kidnapped them from their home.
During the trial, prosecutors highlighted disputes between the couple, their daughter Miriam and Sanford over the Covid-19 restrictions Potter wanted to follow at their home.
Sanford also believed his girlfriend’s parents disrespected him.
“They lived in fear of Covid,” Dane County Assistant District Attorney Tim Verhoff told jurors during closing arguments.
“You should have lived in fear of Khari Sanford.”
However, Sanford’s public defender said there was no evidence the man was ever perceived as a threat.
“Would parents let their daughter live with someone dangerous?” asked Crystal Vera.
Sanford had reportedly been living with the couple at their Madison home before kidnapping them at gunpoint. He took them to the UW Arboretum and shot them in the head.
The jury of 13 men and three women deliberated for just over three hours before returning the guilty verdict.
UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman expressed her thoughts in a statement after the verdict was announced.
“Our thoughts continue to be with the family and friends of Beth and Robin. It was an incredibly long and painful two years. Today’s verdict brings a measure of closure,” she said.
“I want to thank everyone at the UW-Madison Police Department who worked day and night on this case. Your diligent work has helped bring about justice.”
Miriam Carre has not been charged in connection with the murder of her parents. She claims to have known nothing of Sanford’s plans.
Sanford now faces a mandatory life sentence.
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