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Minn. Pair Indicted On 1st-Degree Murder Charges

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David Annette, 28, and Rachel Defoe, 25, were arrested in connection with the deaths of Kim Schmitz and Thomas Holm. (credit: Carlton County Sheriff's Office)

David Annette, 28, and Rachel Defoe, 25, were arrested in connection with the deaths of Kim Schmitz and Thomas Holm. (credit: Carlton County Sheriff’s Office)

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CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — A Cloquet couple has been indicted on first-degree murder charges in the January shooting deaths of a northeastern Minnesota couple.

The Carlton County grand jury indicted David Annette on four counts of first-degree murder. Annette’s girlfriend, Rachel Defoe, is charged with aiding and abetting first-degree murder.

According to the complaints, 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.

Defoe’s attorney, Joanna Wiegert, tells the Duluth News Tribune her client did not hear any shots and “had no idea what was happening.”

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

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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