1st-degree murder charges in Schunk killing

Anna Rae Schunk
Anarae Schunk, 20, has been missing since Sept. 22, 2013.
Photo courtesy of Please Help Find Anarae Schunk

A Dakota County Grand Jury indicted two people Tuesday in the death of a University of Minnesota student in Rosemount last September.

Anarae Schunk, 20, went missing on Sept. 22. Her ex-boyfriend, Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, 32, and his current girlfriend Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, each face one count of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder. The indictment supersedes the previous charges of second-degree murder.

Schunk was at a Burnsville bar when Chavez-Nelson allegedly shot 23-year-old Palagor Obang Jobi to death. Chavez-Nelson is awaiting trial in that case.

Following the shooting at the bar, prosecutors say that Chavez-Nelson and Conrade stabbed Schunk to death at Conrade's Rosemount home. Investigators found bloody bedding and clothing at the home following the couple's arrest.

Schunk's body was found in a ditch in rural Rice County on Sept. 30, eight days after her death, according to the Dakota County Attorney's office. An autopsy found that she was stabbed 22 times. Her body had severed arteries and defensive wounds on her hands.

Chavez-Nelson is in Stillwater Prison on unrelated charges. He will make his first appearance in this case on Thursday. Conrade is in the custody of the Dakota County Sheriff. Her first appearance is Wednesday in Hastings.

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