Chandler Halderson, 23, convicted of killing both parents before dismembering their bodies

Chandler Halderson, 23, faces life in prison after being found guilty of killing both of his parents before dismembering their bodies

  • Halderson killed his father Bart, 50, and his mother Krista, in their Wisconsin home
  • He killed them after they found out he was lying about going to college
  • A first-degree intentional homicide conviction carries a mandatory life sentence










Chandler Halderson was found guilty of killing and dismembering both of his parents.

The 23-year-old from Wisconsin killed his father Bart, 50, and mother Krista, 53, at their home in Windsor, Wisconsin last summer.

Chandler was convicted of two counts each of first-degree intentional homicide, mutilation of a corpse, concealment of a corpse, and falsifying information about a missing person.

Chandler Halderson (pictured hearing the verdict) was found guilty of killing and dismembering both of his parents

The 23-year-old Wisconsin man killed his father Bart, 50, and mother Krista, 53, at their home in Windsor, Wisconsin last summer.

The 23-year-old Wisconsin man killed his father Bart, 50, and mother Krista, 53, at their home in Windsor, Wisconsin last summer.

Halderson appeared to show no reaction when the verdict was read.

A first-degree intentional homicide conviction carries a mandatory life sentence.

Defense attorneys for Halderson closed their case Thursday without calling any witnesses or testimony from the defendant.

Evidence presented during the trial included fragments of human bones found in the family fireplace, cutting tools with traces of DNA matching the parents and phone data that placed Halderson near where the remains were found. been found.

Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told reporters, “I hope this brings some satisfaction. We know we can’t bring Bart and Krista back, but this is the first step towards hopefully finality.

For seven days, prosecutors laid out their case that Halderson killed his parents. They claim he first tried to get rid of the bodies by burning them in the family fireplace, then he scattered their dismembered body parts across Dane County.

Investigators say Halderson killed his parents after his father discovered he lied about attending Madison Area Technical College.

Prosecutors say it was one of many lies the 27-year-old told about work, school and being part of a police scuba diving team.

Investigators say Halderson killed his parents after his father discovered he lied about attending Madison Area Technical College.

Investigators say Halderson killed his parents after his father discovered he lied about attending Madison Area Technical College.

Halderson was arrested July 8 after telling police a day earlier that his parents went missing following a July 4 trip to northern Wisconsin.

Investigators said it was soon clear his story didn’t add up.

Dane County Assistant District Attorney Andrea Raymond told the jury during closing arguments that solving a criminal case is like piecing together a puzzle and that Halderson “had eight days to distribute the pieces of that puzzle throughout Wisconsin, at least in southern Wisconsin”, the State of Wisconsin. Review reported.

Defense attorney Crystal Vera said Halderson went to great lengths to cover up his lies, but she argued prosecutors never demonstrated he had a motive for killing his parents.

Their focus on his lies was more to taint his credibility and make it harder for him to take a stand, Vera said.

“You were never told they were going to kick him out of the house. We never told you they were going to disown him. You were never told why it was important,” Vera said.

“If that’s got to be a motive, if that’s why you intentionally kill someone, that’s more important.”

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