ST. PAUL, Minn. - The wife and family friend of a National guardsman have been indicted on premeditated first degree murder charges in the man's death in early August.
The indictments came down on Wednesday. In addition to the first degree murder charges, Heather Horst and Aaron Allen are also charged with Intentional Murder in the Second Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony.
Police were called to a home in the 400 block of Bellows Street in St. Paul on August 5 and found 25-year-old Brandon Horst dead. He had been fatally shot in the head. His wife, Heather Horst, told police she had been out shopping with her husband's step-sister when the shooting happened. She said she returned home and found him dead.
Police found several inconsistencies in Horst's story, and a family member told investigators that Horst had recently said, "I want him dead," referring to her husband. Horst also allegedly told family friend Aaron Allen that she wanted it to look like someone had broken into their home.
Investigators learned that Brandon Horst held a $400,000 life insurance policy through the National Guard and an additional $80,000 policy with the federal government. His wife, Heather, was the sole beneficiary of both policies.
Both Horst and Allen were arrested on August 9 for the involvement in Brandon Horst's death.
Allen is currently being held on $1 million bail. Horst, who was out on a $300,000 conditional bond release, now faces a $500,000 bail after her arraignment on Thursday morning.
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