These are the first pictures of the high school senior who is at the center of the ‘brutal execution’ of her adoptive parents.
Mimi Potter Carre, 18, was dating her classmate who is now accused of shooting University of Wisconsin professor Beth Potter and her half-naked husband at point-blank range and leaving them for dead.
Her pictures seem to show that Mimi didn’t have a care in the world as she horses around with her brothers, plays with her dog and poses in front of a mirror for a selfie.
But now her world has come crashing down after boyfriend Khari Sanford allegedly killed Dr. Potter — who was helping the university in its response to the coronavirus crisis — and her husband, educational consultant Robin Carre.
Mimi Potter Carre, 18, is the daughter of slain University of Wisconsin professor Beth Potter and her husband Robin Carre and is pictured for the first time
Dailymail.com previously revealed that suspect Khari Sanford, 18, was dating the couple’s daughter Mimi and had moved in with the family
Dr. Beth Potter, 52 and her husband Robin Carre, 57, were found dead in a ditch last Tuesday
Cops are still investigating Mimi’s actions on the night of the killings and whether she played any role, DailyMail.com has learned.
‘The case is still open and very active,’ University Police spokesman Marc Lovicott said on Wednesday.
Khari Sanford was arrested earlier Friday and police previously said he was ‘known to the family’ and it was ‘not a random act’
Sanford and alleged accomplice Ali’jah ‘Huncho’ Larrue, both 18, were formally charged in court in Madison, Wisconsin, on Tuesday with the first-degree murders of Potter, 52, and Carre, 57. Sanford is also charged with using a dangerous weapon. They each face life in prison if convicted.
In the court hearing, held via video conferencing because of coronavirus, Dane County assistant district attorney William Brown said: ‘This was a brutal execution.’
He said what had begun as a burglary became a kidnapping and then a homicide where the victims were shot point-blank in their heads.
Sanford and Larrue were each held on $1 million bail.
Court papers show that Potter recently kicked Mimi and Sanford out of their $600,000 home just blocks from the university campus because the teens refused to follow her rules for social distancing during the health crisis.
They had taken Sanford in to live with them a few weeks earlier. He had previously been in foster care.
A schoolfriend, identified in papers only by his initials DF told cops that before their school closed he had heard Mimi and Sanford talk about ways of getting money.
‘DF reported hearing Miriam tell Khari Sanford that her parents had ‘bands’ of money and that they were rich, the complaint said.
‘DF reported that ‘bands’ likely meant thousands of dollars in cash.’
Mimi initially told police that she had been with Sanford at their apartment on March 30, the night her parents were killed, but analysis of her phone showed she had texted him around the time her parents were shot.
‘At least bring back the car and have someone get you from here. I don’t feel safe here,’ she texted Sanford.
Eleven minutes later, she texted: ‘Why would you put me in this position…’
Later, after Sanford and Larrue had turned up at the apartment she texted an unidentified friend saying: ‘I wanna cry rn but I’m also in a apartment w them and it’s literally 2 and a half rooms so that is fun.’
Her pictures seem to show that Mimi didn’t have a care in the world as she horses around with her two brothers
Potter and Carre had kicked them out of the house because they refused to listen to social distancing rules in light of the COVID-19 pandemic
According to criminal complaint the young couple were in need of cash and Mimi told Sanford her parents had ‘bands’ of money
A family photo shows Miriam, nickname Mimi, standing behind her now-dead parents in a group
A jogger found the bodies of the husband and wife last Tuesday in a ditch at the university’s arboretum, a research and popular recreational area. Pictured: Police at the scene were the couple’s bodies were found
The phone also included a picture of Sanford pointing what cops believe is a Glock handgun at the camera.
Prosecutors believe Sanford and Larrue abducted Mimi’s parents from their home around 11 pm on March 30 and took them to the University of Wisconsin Arboretum where Sanford shot Carre once in the back of the head and Potter in both the head and arm.
A jogger discovered them around 6:30 the following morning when the temperature was below freezing. Carre, wearing only underwear was dead and Potter, in her pajamas and socks but no shoes, was taken to the hospital where she soon died.
That day ‘excessively sweating’ Sanford visited DF and asked him to hide his gun — but his classmate refused.
DF described Sanford as somewhat excited and frantic’ because he had read on social media that one of the victims was still alive.
While at DF’s house Sanford allegedly made a phone call to his Larrue, telling him: ‘I swear I hit them, how did they survive?’
A friend of Potter’s — identified in court papers only as LG — told police that the associate professor had told her just hours before she was shot that she and her husband had moved the young lovers into an Airbnb apartment because they insisted on flouting the coronavirus guidelines.
‘LG said Beth Potter told her that her and her husband (Robin Carre) had just moved them out of their house and into an Airbnb,’ the police complaint stated.
As they moved them to the apartment a 10-minute drive away, Mimi had told her mother: ‘You don’t care about me,’ and ‘You don’t talk to me.’
A picture of Sanford pointing what cops believe is a Glock handgun at the camera was found on his phone
Dr. Potter worked at the Wingra Family Medical Center, run by the UW-Madison Department of Family Medicine and Community Health and Access Community Health Centers and Mr Carre Mr Carre headed up a Madison youth soccer club
Mimi had told her mother: ‘You don’t care about me,’ and ‘You don’t talk to me,’ when she moved out
Sanford was charged with felony auto theft last year when he lived in the Madison suburb of Middleton
Potter told her friend that as she and her husband moved the belongings the teens just ‘sat in her bedroom…and ordered food and didn’t really communicate’ with her.
‘LG said Beth Potter had described Khari Sanford as having been quieter during the move.’
A second teenage suspect Ali’jah Larrue (left), 18, was arrested for the double homicide
The friend said she sensed there was more ‘bad stuff’ going on in the family that Potter was not telling her.
‘LG said Beth Potter doesn’t usually get frustrated but was clearly frustrated during their conversation.’
Potter’s supervisor at the university said the well-respected doctor had told her that Mimi and Sanford ‘were not respectful to her.’
The supervisor said Potter had a medical condition that put her at a greater risk of infection and she ‘had a need for social distancing.’
She added: ‘Beth was usually very calm, but lately had been acting stressed and not like herself.’
Mimi — referred to in court papers by her real name Miriam — confirmed to cops that her parents had moved her out because she did not want to self-quarantine during the coronavirus crisis.
‘Miriam reported that her father had been self-quarantining himself for the past several weeks,’ the criminal complaint said.
She said Sanford had been living at the family’s $600,000 home near the university for the past two weeks. She and Sanford were both seniors at Madison West High School, close to the family home. Sanford was a receiver on the school football team.
‘Miriam said that she loved her boyfriend, and she was extremely loyal to him,’ the complaint, prepared by officers of the University Police Department, said.