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Men facing first-degree murder charges for April beating death

CHASKA, Minn. -- Two men now face first-degree murder charges in the death of a 90-year-old man from rural Carver County. Reinol Godines Vergara, 35, and Edson Celin-Dominguez Benitez, 30, were indicted by a Carver County grand jury Wednesday in ...

 

CHASKA, Minn. -- Two men now face first-degree murder charges in the death of a 90-year-old man from rural Carver County.

Reinol Godines Vergara, 35, and Edson Celin-Dominguez Benitez, 30, were indicted by a Carver County grand jury Wednesday in the death of Earl Olander of San Francisco Township. Olander was found beaten to death in his ransacked home in April.

According to court documents, Vergara, who had recently painted Olander’s house, and Benitez decided to rob Olander because he was lifelong bachelor who was “an old man that lived along and had money.”

The men entered the unlocked house and beat a sleeping Olander with a shotgun.

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Bail for Benitez and Vergara has been set at $3 million each with conditions.

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