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Two Persons Charged With Murder in the Death of Anarae Schunk - Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson and Ashley Marie Conrade
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson (also known as Anthony Lee Nelson), age 32 (currently residing in Stillwater prison in connection with a conviction of an unrelated crime) and Ashley Marie Conrade, age 24, of Rosemount, have been charged* today with Second Degree Intentional Murder in connection with the death of Anarae Schunk, age 20, of Burnsville.

Anarae Schunk was reported missing by her family on September 23, 2013.  The investigation into another homicide in which Chavez-Nelson has been charged with First Degree Premeditated Murder and Second Degree Intentional Murder involving the shooting death of Palagor Jobi on September 22, 2013, outside of Nina’s Bar & Grill in Burnsville, determined that Anarae Schunk and Ashley Conrade were with Chavez-Nelson at the time of this shooting.  Investigators determined that Chavez-Nelson, Conrade and Anarae Schunk returned together to Ashley Conrade’s Rosemount townhome following this shooting.  Numerous items of physical evidence gathered during the course of this investigation led investigators to conclude that Anarae Schunk was stabbed to death in the early morning hours of September 22 at Conrade’s Rosemount townhome.  Her naked body was found at the edge of a cornfield adjacent to a ditch on a rural road in Rice County on September 30, 2013.

Details pertaining to these charges can be found in the criminal complaints located at: Criminal Complaint Search.  While in custody, mug shots can be viewed at: Inmate Search.

Backstrom commented: “This was one of the most extensive investigations ever to occur in Dakota County’s history, which has led today to the filing of murder charges in connection with this violent crime.  Anarae Schunk was a lovely, intelligent and kindhearted young woman who will always be remembered and deeply missed by many.  Our deepest sympathy is extended to Anarae’s family and friends.”

Backstrom thanked the Rosemount Police Department, the Burnsville Police Department, the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for their hard work in connection with this case and also expressed appreciation to other law enforcement agencies which assisted in this investigation.

Ashley Conrade made her first appearance in court today and bail was set in the amount of $2,000,000 without conditions ($750,000 with conditions) by Dakota County District Court Judge Katherine Messerich.  Conrade’s next court appearance is set for July 11, 2014, at 10 a.m. in Hastings.

Shavelle Chavez-Nelson also made his first appearance in court today and no bail was set as he is currently in prison on an unrelated conviction until September 16, 2019.  Chavez-Nelson’s next court appearance is set for July 11, 2014, at 9 a.m. in Hastings.

If you have questions, contact James Backstrom at 651-438-4440.

*Criminal charges are not evidence of guilt.  A defendant/suspect is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.​