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Hohenwald Arraigned on 1st Degree Murder Charges

Monday, August 17th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

HohenwaldCraig Hohenwald now faces first degree murder charges in the deaths of Larry and Lois Steenerson.  He was arraigned on the charges Monday.

Judge Timothy Bloomquist denied a motion by Hohenwald’s defense team that would have dismissed the indictment filed by the grand jury in July.  The defense argued the indictment occurred while the proceedings were halted pending Hohenwald’s psychological evaluation, which they deemed a violation of procedure.  Bloomquist found it  appropriate to move forward with the indictment.

Hohenwald now faces six counts, including four first degree murder charges and two second degree murder charges.  The first degree charges each carry a penalty of life in prison.  Initially, he was charged with with four counts of second degree murder.

The psychological evaluation found no evidence that Hohenwald is incapable of understanding the proceedings or participating in his defense.

Hohenwald is due back in court November 5th.

According to the criminal complaint, officers found Larry Steenerson with between 30-40 stab wounds.   He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Lois Steenerson was found with multiple stab wounds near the shoulder, collar bone, and chest.  She was transported to the Kanabec County Hospital and later pronounced dead.

Hohenwald and Jennifer Ann-Lind Seiberlich, 28, Mora were arrested at the scene. They were exiting the residence in a vehicle when authorities arrived, according to the criminal complaint. Law enforcement examination of the scene found a bloody knife located on the ground behind the passenger side of the car which Hohenwald and Seiberlich were riding.  A bloody gun was found underneath the passenger seat where Hohenwald was sitting. Deputies found an empty pistol holder on one of the steps in the home.

According to 9-1-1 transcripts released by the Kanabec County Sheriff’s Office, the victims indicated that gun shots were fired.

In a statement to investigators, Seiberlich states that prior to going to the residence, she received a text message from Hohenwald stating, “Are you up for a crazy night? 10 Gs.”  Seiberlich told investigators she thought the text was related to drugs and did not notice anything unusual about Hohenwald when he re-entered the car after coming from the house.

Kanabec County Attorney Amy Brosnahan said in court, Tuesday, when Hohenwald was arrested he was covered in blood from “his fingertips to his elbows.”

The criminal complaint also states that Larry Steenerson was granted a preliminary attachment order in value over $200,000 against the mother of Craig Hohenwald on January 29th.

While waiting for backup to arrive, officers heard Hohenwald “utter” something about his family and a real estate land deal.

1 Comment

  1. A Fellow Mourner 08/26/09 at 7:53am

    First to the families I want to say I’m very sorry for this horrific tradegy. Second I wish we still had the death penalty. I would never before have said to kill a human being, but in this case I think they should just fry them both!!! I do not know the families involved in this case, but as a neighbor I feel their loss. I have followed this case from day one, and it just absolutely haunts me. Unfortunately our justice system does not have the resources (THE DEATH PENALTY) to truely make them pay for what they have done! My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims family. May the lord be with you, to help and guide you through these difficult times.

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