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David Joshua Annette and Rachel Charlotte Defoe arrested in double homicide

David Joshua Annette and Rachel Charlotte Defoe
David Joshua Annette and Rachel Charlotte Defoe

Back one Saturday night in January, Carlton County deputies found a pickup truck burning in the road near Saginaw.

The next day, 35 miles away, they found its owner: Tom Holm, along with his girlfriend, Kim Schmitz, had been shot to death in their Cromwell home.

Now, police have arrested the prime suspects in the case - in Hennepin County.

David Joshua Annette, 28, and Rachel Charlotte Defoe, 25, were taken into custody at about 2 a.m. by members of the U.S. Marshals Service, the Minneapolis Fugitive Task Force and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The grisly double homicide rattled Cromwell, population 203. The two 53-year olds had lived in the area all their lives, most recently in an out-of-the-way house next to the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation. And Sheriff Kelly Lake said the suspects and the victims knew each other for a number of years.

Annette and Defoe are in the Carlton County jail, awaiting charges. Arraignment is expected tomorrow.


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