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Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom talks about the Anarae Schunk murder investigation. Shavelle Chavez-Nelson and Ashley Conrade have been charged with second-degree intentional murder. Backstrom plans to convene a grand jury to consider first degree murder charges.

Charges pressed in Anarae Schunk murder

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For months, investigators have gathered evidence in the murder of Anarae Schunk. While they haven’t been able to come up with a motive, they have strong evidence to suggest Shavelle Chavez-Nelson and Ashley Conrade killed the 20-year-old University of Minnesota student in the early morning hours of Sept. 22.


Nine months after the grisly murder, Chavez-Nelson, of Burnsville, and Conrade, of Rosemount, were charged with second-degree intentional murder.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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