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Cloquet Couple Indicted On Murder Charges For January Shooting

Friday, March 25th, 2011 at 9:20 am

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, on Jan. 8 at their rural Cromwell home, 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 Grand Forks Herald reports that both suspects remain jailed in Carlton County, with bail of $1 million each.

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