4 charged in case of woman killed for car

5:51 PM, Oct 12, 2012   |    comments
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CARLTON, Minn. - Carlton County prosecutors have charged two people with killing a woman for her car and cell phone and accuse two others of trying to help hide the murder.

Twenty-five-year-old Cristyna Watson had been missing for nearly a month before her body was found in a swampy wooded area near Cloquet on Oct. 4.

Twenty-two-year-old Michael Siewert and a 17-year-old Duluth boy are charged with intentional second-degree murder. Investigators say the suspects lured Watson with the promise of a drug deal, but actually intended to rob her.  

Twenty-four-year-old Alyssa Peterson and 56-year-old Clifford Thompson, both of Cloquet, are charged with aiding an offender. They're accused of helping cover up the crime.

The Duluth News Tribune reports court documents say the teen told investigators he saw Siewert strike Watson in the head with a hammer and then helped Siewert kill her by strangling her.

Investigators later recovered Watson's car in the Twin Cities suburbs.

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