LONG PRAIRIE (AP) -- A Todd County grand jury will consider first-degree murder charges against two Brooklyn Park men for the killing of a Long Prairie mother and her two teenage children.
Assistant Attorney General Brent Wartner told Judge Sally Robertson on Monday that he intends to begin presenting evidence to a grand jury in the next 14 days.
Jonathan Carpenter and Christopher Earl are already charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the April 28 beating and slashing deaths of Holly Chromey and Katie and Jerrod Zapzalka.
Carpenter, 21, and Earl 20, made brief court appearance about 40 minutes apart Monday in Todd County District Court.
As they were led into court, they were met by friends of Chromey and the Zapzalkas who stood and showed the men a picture of Katie Zapzalka. Both men glared at the picture but didn't respond.
Carpenter and Earl each were being held on $3 million bond in Todd County. They also have been charged in the April 17 beating and stabbing deaths of an elderly man and his daughter in Minneapolis.
Wartner and Todd County Attorney Gaylord Saetre will prosecute the cases. John Moosbrugger, chief public defender for the 7th Judicial District, has been appointed to represent Carpenter, and public defender Ruth Lee, of Fergus Falls, has been appointed to represent Earl.
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