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Continued: Wife and her friend charged with murder in shooting of St. Paul National Guardsman

  • Article by: NICOLE NORFLEET , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 13, 2013 - 8:49 AM

At 12:17 a.m., Allen texted Heather Horst, “And tyler [one of the Horsts’ dogs] won’t shut up there is a TV on upstairs.”

Officers also spoke to a roommate who lives with Allen and his fiancée who said Heather Horst came over to their apartment on Aug. 4 upset over having lost a baby. She, Allen and his fiancée talked inside a bedroom. The roommate later heard Heather Horst say her husband abused her and the only way she could leave their marriage or be free from him was if he was dead.

The roommate told police that Allen came home out of breath around 1 a.m. on Aug. 5. He later heard Heather Horst talk about a life insurance policy and that she was going to give them some money for it forhis help.

Brandon Horst had a military life insurance policy in the amount of $400,000. He had another $80,000 life insurance policy from the federal government because of his position as a federal technician. Heather Horst was the sole beneficiary of these policies.

Allen’s fiancée said she was afraid to tell police the truth because she was afraid of losing her fiancé.

Test results showed that the casing found by Brandon Horst’s body had been fired by the same weapon that fired the casing in a gun case owned by Heather Horst.

The Minnesota National Guard said that Horst has worked full-time at the 133rd Airlift Wing for nearly the past two years, was a member of the Wing for six years and recently re-enlisted. During his initial enlistment, he deployed to Southwest Asia for approximately six months.


Nicole Norfleet • 612-673-4495

Twitter: @stribnorfleet

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