South Dakota man is charged with beating his brother to death with a baseball bat, then killing his nine-months pregnant sister-in-law with a machete after ‘snapping’
Brent Munroe Hanson, 57, charged in slayings of his brother and pregnant sister-in-law on Dec 12
Police in Milbank, South Dakota say he confessed to the murders on Dec 15,last week
Bodies of Clyde Hanson and his wife, Jessica Hanson were found during December 15 welfare check
Police said Brent confessed to beating his brother to death with a baseball bat
The suspect told cops he killed his brother, with a baseball bat on Sunday, then he killed Clyde’s heavily pregnant wife, Jessica, with a machete on Monday morning after she had come home
Jessica died after suffering slashes and lacerations after she was attacked with a machete
Brent Monroe Hanson, of Milbank, South Dakota, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of his brother, sister-in-law and their unborn daughter
Hanson is being held on $5million cash-only bond while authorities continue their investigation
A South Dakota man confessed to beating his brother to death with a baseball bat and then slashing his pregnant sister-in-law with a machete after he ‘snapped,’ according to police.
Brent Monroe Hanson, 57, has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of his brother, Clyde Hanson, Clyde’s wife Jessica, and their unborn daughter.
Brent Hanson told police that he took care of the couple’s three-year-old son and fed him. The boy was not harmed.
He has also been charged with three alternative counts of second-degree murder.
Hanson is being held on $5million cash-only bond while authorities continue their investigation, according to Keloland.com.
Law enforcement officials in Milbank were called to a residence on Wednesday, Dec 15, to perform a welfare check after someone delivering a food basket noticed blood stains on the front door.
After they arrived, they discovered the bodies of Clyde and Jessica Hanson inside their apartment.
Clyde Hanson ‘had head trauma consistent with a blunt object’ while his wife ‘had numerous slash marks and lacerations.’
The injuries they suffered ‘were consistent with homicidal violence,’ PEOPLE reports.
When questioned by police, Brent Hanson allegedly admitted to the murders, telling Milbank Police Chief Boyd VanVooren: ‘I snapped.’
The suspect said he killed his brother, Clyde Hanson, with a baseball bat on Sunday and that he killed Clyde’s heavily pregnant wife, Jessica Hanson, with a machete on Monday morning after she had come home.
The killer left the bodies in the upstairs apartment and took the couple’s 3-year-old child to his downstairs apartment, according to the court document.
Brent Hansen was arraigned Monday and charged with the murders of his brother and pregnant sister-in-law.
‘I killed them on Sunday,’ Brent Hanson is alleged to have told investigators.
He told police that he first targeted his brother on the evening of December 12.
Clyde Hanson was alone in his room when Brent Hanson ‘went up there with a baseball bat’ and ‘wacked [him] in the head enough times,’ according to the probable cause statement.
Clyde’s wife, Jessica, came home the next morning. Brent Hanson told police he hit her in the head with a machete.
In his chilling confession Brent told interviewers that Clyde Hanson was alone in his room when he ‘went up there with a baseball bat’ and ‘wacked [him] in the head enough times,’ according to the probable cause statement.
Clyde’s wife, Jessica, came home the next morning. Brent Hanson told police he hit her in the head with a machete
In July, Brent Hanson assaulted Jessica by hitting her over the head, she told police.
Court documents allege that Jessica confronted Brent Hanson when he told her that he gave away her dog while she was receiving treatment for depression at a mental health facility.
Veronica Torres, Jessica’s cousin, created a GoFundMe campaign.
‘Jessica and Clyde were kind, modest people, and devout Christians,’ Torres wrote.
‘Jessica leaves behind her lovely innocent son Ty, her parents Manuel and Helen, along with her two older siblings Jamie and Jasmine.
Torres, said one of the main concerns for the family right now is getting custody three-year-old Ty.
‘Shocked and utterly distraught do not begin to describe the condition my family is in.’
Jessica’s family is now working to get custody of Ty and relocate him to their home in New York.
They are also trying to raise money to transport Jessica’s body back East.
‘With this devastation comes a substantial amount of sudden financial expenses we simply do not have,’ Torres wrote in the GoFundMe page which has raised over $20,000 of the $25,000 target.
‘I’m reaching out to the community for financial assistance during this unimaginable tragedy.
‘Please consider donating any amount to this fund.
‘The money will be allocated for funeral expenses and travel expenses as Jessica’s immediate family do not live in South Dakota and need to retrieve important documents for her son Ty.’
According to Clyde Hanson’s Facebook page, he worked in merchandise marketing for a retail outlet.