One night, a panicked 911 call. August2013 saw authorities rush to the Horsts’ house. InsideThey found Brandon HorstWith his wife, he was buried. HeatherMaking the call. Investigation Discovery’s ‘Heart Of Darkness: Murder On The Home Front’ focuses on how a cold-blooded plot to kill BrandonHis untimely death was the result. So, if you’re curious about what happened in this case, we’ve got you covered.
How Did Brandon Horst Die?
BrandonA 25-year-old man living in St. Paul, MinnesotaAt the time of the incident. HisBefore she got married, his mother raised him the first few years of her life. Mark HorstHe was adopted by. BrandonThe was part Minnesota Air National Guard andHad been served in Saudi ArabiaYou can stay for six months before you return to your home. ThenHe married his high school sweetheart. Heather, andThe couple was living together at the time he was killed.
DuringThe early morning hours August 5, 2013, HeatherTo report her find, she called 911 BrandonThere is a lot of blood in your bedroom. TheAuthorities arrived to find that the 25 year-old victim was lying face down in bed with a gunshot to the head. The scene contained a 9mm shell casing, but no weapon. It didn’t seem like a burglary since items of value weren’t taken from the home.
Who Killed Brandon Horst?
HeatherInitial statements to police were that BrandonAround 10:30 pm, I was back from work August 4, andShe then went on to run an errand together with his stepsister. Angela Penoncello. WhenThey arrived shortly after midnight. HeatherShe found her husband dead. SheIt was also mentioned that the couple had been arguing in those days leading to the murder andShe claimed that he had assaulted them in the past.
A gun in the Horsts’ wine cabinet was missing, andLater, it was confirmed that it was the murder weapon. When the authorities dug into the couple’s relationship, they realized that all was not well. Brandon and HeatherThey had cheated on each others in the past. and HeatherShe claimed that her husband was physically abusive. Marcus StrombaughA man claimed that he had been having an affair since before his wife was married. BrandonWe knew all about it andwas considering divorce.
AtThe time of the incident Angela lived with her fiancé, Aaron Allen. TheTwo people shared the house with another couple. Zubrina Phillips and Steven Koderick. On August 4, 2013, HeatherArrived at that house upset andClaim to have had a miscarriage AccordingTo Zubrina, HeatherThis is what it is said to be BrandonAfter finding out she was pregnant, she beat her. ZubrinaThe police were also informed HeatherShe had mentioned two miscarriages in her past, which she attributed to BrandonBeat her.
TheInvestigators also discovered a few deleted messages between Heather and Aaron on the former’s phone during the early hours of August 5, 2013. So, AaronThe question was raised. HeThe police eventually learned the truth. After HeatherShe claimed to have miscarried and returned home with the following: Brandon dead. Initially, Steven andAnother friend of Allen’s were to help with a staged break-in where AaronWould slit Brandon’s throat.
HeatherPurchased clothing, shoes andGloves before the other men backed away, leaving AaronTo carry out the plan. SoIt was agreed that AaronWould shoot Brandon instead. After HeatherDropped AaronAt her house, he waited in basement before going upstairs and entering the bedroom. andShooting BrandonOnce with a gun from Heather. Aaron later recalled that she asked him to “put at least two or three rounds into him (Brandon)” to ensure her husband was dead. HeatherHe was offered a slice of Brandon’s life insurance proceeds, of which she was the sole beneficiary.
FromIt was text messages, it seemed AaronShot BrandonBetween 12:17 and 13:17 am and 12:27 am. After that, Heather and AngelaPicked up AaronThe backpack was later found by the authorities. TheyDropped AaronBefore returning to the apartment, he took a photo of his apartment. Horsts’ home, from where HeatherThe 911 call that triggered investigation. Later on, ZubrinaShe testified that she heard Aaron tell her boyfriend that “he did it.”
Where Are Heather Horst and Aaron Allen Now?
Aaron told the police that he “saw red” when HeatherI told him about the physical abuse. HeBecause he was being abused, he wanted to end it all. andAs a child, he saw his mother being beaten. In March2014, then 25 year old AaronHe pleaded guilty in second-degree murder. He was sentenced to 40 year imprisonment a few months later. RecordsHe is still being held at the Minnesota Correctional FacilityIn Oak Park Heights, Washington County. AaronIt is expected to be released in April 2040.
The prosecution believed that divorce wasn’t on the table for HeatherBecause she would lose her financial security. andThe house. SoThey claimed that she was killed Brandon. TheHowever, defense argued that AaronYou can’t do it alone andIt was fulfilling a dream. InThe end. HeatherAt the age of 25, he was convicted of aiding. andFirst, aid andSecond-degree Murder andTo conspire to commit the first and second-degree murder. In May2014: She was sentenced for life without parole. For now, HeatherHe is currently incarcerated at Minnesota Correctional FacilityIn Shakopee, Scott County.
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