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Teenagers accuse each other in homicides of Madison physician, husband

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County Court records show two teenagers charged in the killings of prominent Madison physician Dr. Beth Potter and her husband Robin Carre are blaming each other for the fatal violence.

Authorities say 19-year old Khari Sanford and 17-year old Ali'Jah Larrue kidnapped Potter and Carre from their home in March, with Sanford shooting them. Police say the victims were found in the Arboretum.

In a motion filed in Dane County Court, Larrue asks that his trial be separated from the trial of Sanford.

"He denies having knowledge of the shootings before they took place," Larrue's attorney, Michael Covey states in the motion. "Additionally, he denies taking part in the shootings in any way. He denies planning the shootings or conspiring with Sanford to commit them," Covey states.

Both teenagers are charged with being a party to the crimes of first-degree intentional homicide, with Sanford also facing a dangerous weapons enhancer on each count.

Larrue is also asking a judge to be allowed to mount a defense based on observing what happened to the victims. "The defendant moves...to allow the defense to introduce evidence and to argue that Khari Sanford committed the charged offenses," Covey states. Covey Monday declined comment to 27 News on his court filings.

Authorities say Sanford and the victims's daughter had talked of robbing the couple. Court records state Potter and Carre had Sanford and their daughter move out of their Madison home, but provided them a van and secured an apartment for them prior to the shootings.

Records state pings from Larrue's cell phone placed him near the victims's home and the arboretum on the night authorities say Sanford and Larrue went in the van to the victims's home, kidnapping and then killing them.

But Larrue's court filings also say Sanford points the finger at Larrue as the person responsible for Potter and Carre's deaths.

"Aside from...statement that Sanford allegedly made to an inmate at the Dane County Jail accusing Larrue of committing the homicides; there is no evidence in over 1900 pages of discovery received to date that Larrue planned or committed the shootings," Covey states. Covery characterizes Sanford's statement as "unbelievable." Covey maintains Larrue was unarmed and that authorities verified Sanford had a gun.

Sanford's attorney, Jeremiah Meyer-O'Day, has yet to respond to a request for comment from 27 News.

Last week, Larrue's mother, Alice Larrue, participated in a rally calling for defunding the same police department that arrested her son. "You know it's time for us to come together and make a change for our community, for our people, for our youth," she told 27 News. "The violence, the racism, it's a lot."

Prosecutors have yet to submit their arguments to the court in response to Larrue's requests for a separate trial and the admissibility of evidence by Larrue to impugn Sanford.






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Tony Galli

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