Two more suspects charged in burned body case near Mankato
WINDOM, Minn. (AP) — Cottonwood County prosecutors have charged two more people in the death of a Mankato man who was shot in the head, stabbed in the neck and burned.
Prosecutors charged 20-year-old Axel Cramer of New Ulm with second-degree murder and 18-year-old Aimee Palmer of Madelia with being an accomplice after the fact.
They made their first court appearances on Monday. County Attorney L. Douglas Storey says bail was set at $300,000 for Kramer and $50,000 for Palmer.
They are the fourth and fifth people charged in the death of 20-year-old Alberto Samilpa Jr., whose badly burned body was found Nov. 19 off Highway 71.
Storey says the couple were arrested Friday afternoon with 22-year-old Gerald Holt as they left a motel parking lot in a Palmer's vehicle.
Prosecutors allege Samilpa was killed after he broke the clutch on a 1999 Porsche he had stolen with others who are now charged in his death.
The other men are also charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder. They are: Holt, 20-year-old Hans Hottel and 21-year-old Lionel Benavidez. They have all been arrested. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)