Last week a University of Wisconsin doctor and her husband were found dead in a ditch at the campus from what authorities called “homicidal related trauma.” Now local law enforcement have arrested two teens they believe are responsible for this targeted double murder. This story is updated below.
On the morning of Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at approximately 6:30 AM, a jogger made a gruesome discovery. The jogger spotted two bodies lying in a ditch at the University of Wisconsin campus Arboretum, which is a recreation area comprised of over 1,200 acres of forest and prairies.
When first responders arrived, they found doctor Beth Potter, 52, and her husband Robin Carre, 57, both lying on the ground, victims of what authorities would later refer to as “homicidal related trauma.”
Doctor Parker was still alive when authorities arrived, but barely. Carre was pronounced dead at the scene. Potter managed to survive as she was rushed to the hospital, but then died from her injuries shortly after arriving.
The couple is survived by three children in their teens and 20s.
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department issued a statement that the investigators believed the double-murder of the doctor and her husband was a deliberate act.
“Through our police investigation, we reached a point where we were confident in that this was not random and this couple was targeted,” Marc Lovicott, a department spokesman said. “Beyond that, I can’t provide any further details as this is a very active police investigation.”
Law enforcement is remaining tight-lipped on the details of the crime, and the motive is unclear, which leaves the question of why the couple was targeted. Was Doctor Potter the intended target or her husband – or both?
Doctor Potter served at the University of Wisconsin as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, and also served as medical director of UW Health’s Employee Health Services. She worked at the Wingra Family Medical Center, and in addition to speaking English, she was fluent in both Spanish and French.
Colleagues described Potter as a “doctor’s doctor” and noted that that “other doctors had her see their kids.”
Doctor Potter’s husband, Robin Carre, worked as an independent educational consultant. He worked to assist high school students and their parents with navigating the college admissions process, according to his LinkedIn page. He had previously served as a coaching director at a Madison-based youth soccer organization called the Regent Soccer Club.
A statement issued by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department said that “officers and investigators have worked around the clock to canvas the neighborhood, follow up on leads, and talk to individuals who may have information about the homicides.”
On Friday, April 3, 2020, following numerous leads, investigators arrested 18-year-old Khari Sanford, who was known to the couple. The following day, Saturday, April 5, police made a second arrest of another 18-year-old, Ali’jah J. Larrue.
Law enforcement continues to say that the murder of the couple was “targeted and not a random act.”
The Medical Examiner’s Office has now revealed that the couple was shot to death.
“It was calculated, cold-blooded, and senseless,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison Police Department Kristen Roman, “and we will continue to do all we can to bring justice to Robin and Beth, their family, and their loved ones.”
Law enforcement authorities, however, have not revealed the motive in the crime, as the case remains under investigation. The suspects have been charged with two counts of party to a crime for first-degree intentional homicide. If convicted, they face life in prison.
Investigators are urging anyone who may have any information at all about this case to come forward by calling the Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014 or by submitting a tip anonymously online through P3 Tips.
P3 Tips mobile stands for “public-police-private sector” working together to solve and prevent crime. It allows anyone to share information anonymously with the Crime Stopper programs and law enforcement entities.