Grand Jury Indicts 2 in Nat'l Guard Sgt.'s Murder in St. Paul
Brandon Horst, 25, of St. Paul
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A grand jury has indicted a woman, accused of plotting to kill her husband - a Minnesota National Guard sergeant - and her sister-in-law's fiancé, who's accused of shooting him in St. Paul.
Aaron William Allen, 25, and Heather Leann Horst, 24, were indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in Ramsey County District Court, according to the county attorney's office. Horst and Allen have been charged with premeditated first-degree murder, second-degree intentional murder, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit a felony in connection with the death of Brandon James Horst.
The grand jury indictment supersedes previous criminal charges against them. The pair's motive for the killing was Horst's life insurance policy, according to the charges.
Brandon Horst, 25, was shot in the head around 1:11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5, while lying in his bedroom at the couple's home, 468 Bellows Street, the charges said.
Brandon Horst had a $400,000 military life insurance policy and an $80,000 life insurance policy from the federal government for his position as a federal technician, the charges said. Heather Horst was the sole beneficiary for the policies.
Heather Horst has denied her involvement in the shooting.
Allen is being held on $1 million bail. Horst, who was released on a $300,000 bail with conditions, now faces $500,000 bail.
The grand jury consists of 23 people randomly selected from residents to serve a six-month term, according to the county attorney's office. The panel meets on an as-needed basis when cases arise. To return an indictment, at least 12 members must agree.