Chandler Halderson pleads not guilty in parents’ murder, trial scheduled for January

MADISON, Wis. — Chandler Halderson, the 23-year-old Dane County man charged with killing both of his parents, pled not guilty to all eight charges Wednesday.

According to online court records, Halderson is facing two counts on each of the following charges: first-degree intentional homicide, mutilating a corpse, hiding a corpse, and providing false info on kidnapped/missing persons.

A Dane County judge entered the not guilty pleas on Halderon’s behalf while he sat silent in court.

Jury selection for Halderson’s trial is tentatively being scheduled for January 3, with the trial being scheduled to begin the next day on January 4. The court is tentatively blocking nearly four weeks for the trial, scheduling it to potentially run through January 28.

Halderson’s next scheduled court appearance is a motion hearing on October 18.


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According to an amended criminal complaint filed in late August, Halderson searched for news about a “dismembered body” being found hours before law enforcement discovered his father’s remains.

Halderson’s parents, Bart and Krista, were first reported missing nearly two months ago when Chandler claimed they he hadn’t heard from them over the Fourth of July weekend. Detectives investigating the case later arrested Chandler for lying about the investigation into his parents’ location.

Chandler was charged with killing his father in mid-July, just three days after Bart’s remains were identified. The 23-year-old wasn’t charged with killing his mother until nearly a month after her remains were identified.