The man charged with a gruesome killing of a young mother and her toddler last month appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Renard Carter, 29, is charged in Olmsted County District Court with two charges of second-degree murder and second-degree murder of an unborn child. At his first appearance on Sept. 25, Judge Christina Stevens set unconditional bail at $5 million.

Carter's next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 22. He is being held in the Olmsted County jail.

To be charged with first-degree murder, a grand jury must first hand up an indictment on the charge, which carries a mandatory life without parole sentence. Due to the generally secretive nature of the grand jury process, Olmsted County Attorney Mark Ostrem said he could not say whether Carter's case is being presented to a grand jury.

The investigation into Carter began the afternoon of Sept. 13 when Rochester police officers were called to the Olympik Village Apartments at 402 31st St. NE for a report of a possible deceased person.

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Inside the apartment, police found Keona Sade Foote, 23, and her daughter, 2-year-old Miyona Zayla Lee-Miller, dead. Foote was in her first trimester of pregnancy at the time of her death.

Carter was arrested in South Carolina after police said he went there with plans to kill a former girlfriend. He was shot by law enforcement multiple times as they went to arrest him. Police believed he had a gun, but it was later determined that it was a BB gun.

Keona Foote, 23, and Foote’s daughter, Miyona Miller, were found dead in their Rochester apartment on Sept. 13. A Rochester man has been charged with their deaths, as well as the death of Foote’s unborn child. (Contributed photo)
Keona Foote, 23, and Foote’s daughter, Miyona Miller, were found dead in their Rochester apartment on Sept. 13. A Rochester man has been charged with their deaths, as well as the death of Foote’s unborn child. (Contributed photo)

Foote's mother, Brandy Williams, told the Post Bulletin late last month that the joy of her daughter's life was Miyona.

"They were angels, given to me for a little while,” said Williams, of La Crosse, Wis. “I know and I believe 100% they are in heaven now. I take comfort and peace in knowing that.”