MADISON (WKOW) - A Middleton teenager has been arrested in connection to the homicides of Madison physician Dr. Beth Potter and her husband Robin Carre.
Authorities say 18-year old Khari Sanford was booked into the county jail Friday on the two, tentative charges party to a crime of first degree intentional homicide.
"It was calculated, cold blooded and senseless," UW Police Chief Kristin Roman says of the killings.
Sanford is acquainted with one of the children of the victims, sources told 27 News. That child's Facebook page features a video of Sanford playing football for Madison West High School.
UW Police officials say a jogger found Potter and Carre Tuesday near the entrance to the UW Arboretum. The Dane County Medical Examiner's Office says the husband and wife were the victims of homicidal violence.
Last year, Sanford was charged with felony auto theft in Dane County. A criminal complaint states while Sanford's foster parents were away from their Middleton home and in Africa, he stole their car after disabling some of the home's surveillance cameras. Days after the theft, the complaint says police found Sanford sleeping in the car. "He was upset with his foster parents when he took the car," police say in the complaint.
Sanford accepted responsibility for the theft and was admitted into into a deferred prosecution program. The program requires participants to meet conditions such as counseling and community service in exchange for the charge being dismissed upon the program's completion. One of Sanford's foster parents - who asked not to be identified - told 27 News she had no role in the decision to allow Sanford to remain in the community instead of facing possible incarceration if he was convicted. She declined comment when asked if she agreed with the decision.
With Sanford still participating in the deferred prosecution program in January, a photo of Sanford posing with a gun was posted to his Facebook page. "To my knowledge...there was nothing restricting Mr. Sanford's ability to possess a firearm," Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne says.
One of Sanford's former high school football teammates who asked not to be identified told 27 News Sanford was quiet and focused during the year they played together at Madison West. West head football coach Brad Murphy has yet to comment on his former player.
Roman says her detectives continue to work the case of the homicides.
"While this arrest is a significant development, no criminal investigation ends at the point of an arrest," Roman says. The tentative charges of party-to-a-crime against Sanford suggest possible collaborators. But UW Police officials decline comment on whether they are investigating possible accomplices.
Potter was the director a medical center in Madison and praised by colleagues and patients as a caring leader and mentor in health care. Carre was an educational consultant who also was the president of a youth soccer club. Friends praise him for his guidance of elementary, middle and high school athletes.