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Grand Jury indicts pair with first degree murder in Anarae Schunk homicide

A Dakota County Grand Jury has indicted Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson and Ashley Marie Conrade with first-degree murder in connection with the stabbing death of Anarae Schunk.

Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom announced the charges in a press release late Tuesday.

Police have determined that Schunk was stabbed more than 20-times during the early morning hours of Sept. 22, 2013 in Conrade’s Rosemount townhouse. Schunk's body was then abandoned in a ditch in rural Rice County. A road crew found her body Sept. 30, 2013 near Lonsdale.

After months of processing evidence, Chavez-Nelson and Conrade were charged with second degree-intentional murder in late June. At that time, Backstrom said his office would seek a first degree indictment. The first degree indictment supersedes the prior charges and conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.

Chavez-Nelson, who is currently serving a sentence in Stillwater prison for an unrelated crime, also faces first and second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of Palagor Jobi Sept. 22, 2013 at Nina’s Bar and Grill in Burnsville. Conrade has been charged with aiding an offender in that case.

Schunk, a University of Minnesota student, was with Chavez-Nelson and Conrade at Nina’s when Jobi was shot. She left the bar with the couple and returned to Conrade’s Rosemount home where police have determined she was later killed.

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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