LONG PRAIRIE (AP) -- Two men indicted for first-degree murder in the killing of a mother and her two children made their first court appearances on the new charges.
Jonathan Carpenter, 21, of Minneapolis, and Christopher Earl, 20, of Brooklyn Park, are accused of randomly breaking into the home of Holly Chromey because they needed gas money. Chromey and her children, Katie Zapzalka, 18, and Jerrod Zapzalka, 16, were killed by the intruders.
A Todd County grand jury indicted the two men May 30 on 10 counts of first-degree murder in the April 28 killings. The indictment also said the teenage girl had been raped.
Earl was represented Monday by Ruth Lee of Fergus Falls, a public defender. She requested a transcript of the grand jury proceedings before his next hearing. The transcript will take four to six weeks, said Leslie Sandberg, a spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office, which is prosecuting the case.
Carpenter was represented by John Moosbrugger, chief public defender for the 7th Judicial District. He requested an omnibus hearing for June 24. The request was granted, she said.
Sandberg said omnibus hearings are a chance for defendants to raise constitutional challenges to searches and statements taken by police, among other things.
The men were being held in the Todd County jail in lieu of $3 million bail each.
Carpenter also is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and Earl with four counts of being an accomplice to murder in the April 15 beating and stabbing deaths of William Schwartz, 88, and his 50-year-old daughter, Claudia, in northeast Minneapolis.
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