Tragedy struck when the lifeless body of a local was discovered in a house fire.
However, police found Chad Entzel dead before the fire even started.
Who was Chad Entzel?
Born on March 31, 1977, Chad Entzel was a 42-year-old little league coach and murder victim from Halliday, North Dakota.
He was remembered by his loved ones as “a role model for many of the youth he worked with.”
“His passion wasn’t sitting in class, it was working outside and being with people. He coached the minor league where he really shone.
“He was a wonderful son, brother, uncle, friend and husband.”
On May 21, 2016, Chad married Nikki Heinz-Entzel and became stepfather to her two sons from a previous relationship.
On January 2, 2020, Chad was found dead after suffering a fatal gunshot wound.
However, it was his wife Nikki’s 911 call about an apartment fire that drew police to the Entzel residence in the first place.
He is survived by his mother Deb, his sister Lori and his two nephews.
“He was so kind, didn’t have a bad word to say about anyone and was always willing to help,” his grieving sister, Lori, told KFYR of his remembrance.
“My sons remind me a bit of him so we try to talk about him as much as possible so they don’t forget him. Really, he was my first boyfriend.”
Who Killed Chad Entzel?
Chad’s wife, Nikki Entzel, and her co-conspirator, Earl Howard, were arrested in connection with Chad’s murder.
Both parties were charged with:
- conspiracy to murder
- Conspiracy to commit arson
- Conspiracy to manipulate physical evidence
While Howard entered a plea deal and pleaded guilty, Nikki’s case led to a jury trial.
Part of Howard’s deal was the removal of the conspiracy to murder charge, he only pleaded guilty to the last two charges.
In February 2022, Howard was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
On October 4, 2022, a jury found Nikki guilty of all three counts.
On February 17, 2023, Entzel was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole for her role in the murder of her late husband Chad.
Both Nikki and her co-conspirator Howard have been charged for their role in Chad’s death, but court officials have been unable to determine who actually shot and killed Chad.
How can I watch Chad’s episode of 20/20?
Chad Entzel’s untimely demise will be retold in an episode of ABC’s 20/20 titled “The Last Strike.”
On February 24, 2023, The Last Strike is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. EST via the aforementioned network.
The show’s host, John Quiñones, helms the program while gathering first-hand testimony from those involved in the Entzel case.
Streaming options are available for those who miss Friday’s broadcast.
When the episode’s cable premiere ends, viewers can catch the special by streaming it on Hulu.
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