A couple’s murder mystery has been solved after a man was found guilty on Monday.
Khari Sanford, 20, was convicted of two counts of first degree intentional homicide for fatally shooting his girlfriend’s parents in March 2020.
The bodies of University of Wisconsin physician Dr. Beth Potter and her husband, Robin Carre, were dumped inside the UW Arboretum after Sanford abducted them from their home.
During the trial, the prosecution pointed to discussions between the couple, their daughter Miriam and Sanford over Covid-19 restrictions that Potter wanted to continue inside her home.
Sanford also believed that his girlfriend’s parents did not respect him.
“They were living in fear of Covid,” Dane County Assistant District Attorney Tim Verhoff told the jury during closing arguments.
“They should have been living in fear of Khari Sanford.”
However, Sanford’s public defender said there was no evidence to show the man was ever perceived as a threat.
“Would parents let their daughter live with someone dangerous?” Crystal Vera asked.
Sanford had reportedly lived with the couple at their home in Madison before kidnapping them at gunpoint. He took them to the UW Arboretum and shot them in the head.
The 13-man, three-woman jury 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 has been an incredibly long and painful two years. Today’s verdict brings some closure,” he said.
“I want to thank everyone at the UW-Madison Police Department who worked day and night on this case. Their diligent work helped bring about justice.”
Miriam Carre was not charged in connection with the murder of her parents. She maintains that she knew nothing of Sanford’s plans.
Sanford now faces a mandatory life sentence.
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