THE mystery of a couple’s murder has been solved after a man was found guilty 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 husband Robin Carre were dumped inside the UW Arboretum after Sanford kidnapped them from their home.
During the trial, the prosecution pointed towards arguments between the couple, their daughter Miriam and Sanford over the Covid-19 restrictions Potter wanted them to follow inside their home.
Sanford also believed that his girlfriend’s parents didn’t respect him.
“They were living in fear of Covid,” said Dane County Assitant District Attorney Tim Verhoff to jurors during closing arguments.
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“They should have been living in fear of Khari Sanford.”
Egter, Sanford’s public defender said there was no evidence to show that the man was ever perceived as a threat.
“Would parents let their daughter live with someone dangerous?” asked Crystal Vera.
Sanford had reportedly lived with the couple at their home in Madison before he kidnapped them at gunpoint. He took them to the UW Arboretum and shot them in the head.
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The jury made up of 13 men and three women deliberated for just over three hours before delivering 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 Beth and Robin’s family and friends. It’s been an incredibly long and painful two years. Today’s verdict brings some measure of closure,” sy het gese.
“I want to thank all of those at the UW-Madison Police Department who worked day and night on this case. Their diligent work helped bring justice.”
Miriam Carre was not charged in connection with her parents’ moord. She maintains that she knew nothing of Sanford’s plans.
Sanford now faces a mandatory life sentence.