Sentencing date set for Khari Sanford in double murder case
MADISON, Wis. — Sentencing has been scheduled for August 18 for the man found guilty of murdering his then-girlfriend’s parents in Madison in 2020.
A jury convicted Khari Sanford, 21, Monday night after around three hours of deliberation. He was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide with party-to-a-crime modifiers in the deaths of Dr. Beth Potter and her husband Robin Carre.
The couple was found shot and left for dead in the UW Arboretum in March 2020.
Because Judge Ellen Berz, who presided over the case, banned audio and video recordings from the courtroom for the trial — until Monday night’s verdict was read — the public heard almost nothing from those who led the case. That has since changed.
Following the verdict, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and UW-Madison Police Chief Kristen Roman said jurors reached the right conclusion.
Sanford did not testify in his own defense. The only time the public has heard from him was in a letter he wrote to Berz last fall, which his defense team did not use in court.
In the letter, Sanford neither affirms his guilt nor his innocence; instead, he writes at length about a troubled childhood, his incarcerated father, being “villanized” by the public and the social justice initiatives he got involved with in high school.
MORE TRIAL COVERAGE:
- Day one: Witnesses testify about stress, disrespect in family’s home over relationship
- Day two: Daughter: Khari Sanford ‘felt like a slave’ when murdered parents helped couple or set house rules
- Day three: Jurors see video compilation of van Sanford may have been in on night of double murder
- Day four: ‘Khari told me to drive’: Alleged accomplice testifies on moments leading up to Arboretum double murder
- Day five: Judge: Khari Sanford ‘acting out’ as day five of murder trial continues; Sanford will not testify
Sanford faces a mandatory prison sentence of life behind bars. The only decision the judge will make during the August sentencing hearing is whether he will be able to qualify later to be considered for parole.
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