Couple Charged In Cromwell Double Homicide

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — Charges allege robbery was the motive for the shooting deaths of a northeastern Minnesota couple in January.

Twenty-eight-year-old David Annette of Cloquet and his 25-year-old girlfriend, Rachel Defoe, were each charged Thursday with two counts of second-degree intentional murder.

Annette and Defoe told investigators they visited victims Thomas Holm and his girlfriend, Kim Schmitz, at their rural Cromwell home on Jan. 8, then returned to rob Holm.

Annette allegedly shot and killed Holm, then stole guns, fishing gear and a chain saw. Defoe left while Annette stayed and allegedly killed Schmitz when she returned home.

The complaints say Annette stole Holm’s pickup and drove it into a ditch near Saginaw, where he set the truck on fire.

Both suspects remain jailed in Carlton County, with bail of $1 million each.

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