Wife and friend charged with first degree murder in guardsman killing


A grand jury has indicted a woman and her friend with first-degree murder in the August killing of a National Guardsman.

The Star Tribune reports that 24-year-old Heather L. Horst, of St. Paul, and 25-year-old Aaron W. Allen, of South St. Paul, face first-degree murder, second-degree murder and two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony in the death of Brandon James Horst.

Brandon Horst was a Minnesota National Guardsman, and Heather Horst's husband.

He was killed on Aug. 5 on the 400 block of Bellows Street. WCCO TV reports that it marked the second time that police had responded to the scene in a month. According to the report, Heather Horst called police and said she thought there were intruders in her house.

KARE 11 reports that a family member told investigators that Heather Horst had recently said "I want him dead," referring to her husband.

Investigators also learned that she was the sole beneficiary of two life insurance policies with a combined total of $480,000 with the National Guard and the federal government.

Heather Horst and Allen were arrested for their involvement in Brandon Horst's death on Aug. 9. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Allen is being held in custody on $1 million bail. Heather Horst was out on $300,00 conditional bond release, but now she faces a $500,000 bail after being arraigned on Thursday.

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