Two people were arrested in connection to the beating death of a pregnant woman whose body was found in a burning recreational vehicle in Minneapolis.
On Nov. 16, Shannon Michael Benson, 42, and Jade Monet Rissell, 27, were each charged with second-degree murder, and second-degree murder of an unborn child.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Star Tribune, the victim, whose identity has not been released pending a report from the medical examiner, was reported missing in Anoka at the end of October.
The victim’s boyfriend attempted to figure out her whereabouts using Tile, an app that locates lost keys. He was able to track them to a short travel trailer and snapped a photo. Investigators checking out the tip found the trailer attached to a Tahoe and traced the vehicle back to Benson and Rissell.
Once police located the suspects and had them in custody, Rissell allegedly said she lured the victim to the RV using Facebook and then knocked her unconscious with brass knuckles. Rissell and Benson kept the woman in the RV for days until they drove it to another location and set it on fire, the complaint alleges.
While in a custody, detectives allowed Rissell and Benson to sit in the same room and secretly recorded their conversation. “They have too much information,” Rissell allegedly told Benson, noting: “I told them it was me.” She added, “I'm going in for murder.”
“Me, too,” Benson allegedly responded.
Both were being held in jail on $1 million bond each.
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