Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom announced that Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson, age 32 (currently residing in Stillwater prison) and Ashley Marie Conrade, age 24, of Rosemount have been indicted* by a Dakota County Grand Jury today with one count each of Murder in the First Degree (with premeditation) and Murder in the Second Degree (Intentional), in connection with the stabbing death of Anarae Schunk, age 20 of Burnsville, that took place in the early morning hours of September 22, 2013 at Conrade’s home in Rosemount. Anarae Schunk’s body was found in rural Rice County on September 30, 2013.
The facts and circumstances surrounding this incident are contained in the criminal complaint filed on June 27, 2014 initially charging Nelson and Conrade in connection with this homicide. These indictments will supersede the prior charges.
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Backstrom commented: “Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Anarae Schunk for their great loss.”
Backstrom thanked the Rosemount Police Department, the Burnsville Police Department, and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the lead agencies involved in this investigation, and other assisting law enforcement agencies including the Apple Valley Police Department, the Lakeville Police Department, and the Dakota County Sheriff’s Office and the Rice County Sheriff’s Office.
Ashley Marie Conrade has been in the custody of the Dakota County Sheriff since her arrest on June 25, 2014. She will make her first court appearance in reference to this indictment on July 30, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. in Hastings.
Shavelle Chavez-Nelson is in the custody of the Minnesota Department of Corrections in connection with a conviction of an unrelated crime. He will make his first court appearance in reference to this indictment on July 31, 2014 at 1:30 p.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.