A man and woman arrested for the September murder of a Rochester man are being held on unconditional bond following their first appearances in Olmsted County District Court Monday.
Brandon Arndt, 38, was found shot in the head Sept. 10 at the rear door of the manufactured home where he lived at Bob’s Trailer Court, 1915 Marion Road SE, lot 14.
Cousins Malcolm Jammal Woods and Kielah Shanae Parsons have been charged with second-degree murder in the case.
Woods, 27, is being held on $2 million unconditional bond. Parsons, 34, is being held on $500,000 unconditional bond.
Assistant Olmsted County Attorney Eric Woodford requested that conditional bonds not be set for Woods and Parsons.
Judge Jacob Allen questioned Woodford’s request for no conditional bond in the case of Parsons, but ultimately allowed the prosecutor’s motion in both cases.
A third person, Darien Kristopher Klindworth-Woods, 19, is also facing second-degree murder charges in connection with Arndt’s death. A warrant has been issued for his arrest; he is in custody in Blue Earth County on an unrelated matter.
The three allegedly killed Arndt over concerns that he mistreated their elderly grandmother who was hospitalized less than a day before Arndt’s death. Police said they spoke with the woman and found no wrongdoing on Arndt’s part.
In court Monday morning, Woodford told the judge he was very worried that Woods was both a risk of flight and threat to public safety, calling the details of the crime “as serious as they can be.”
Woods’ court-appointed attorney, Joachim Marjon, did not argue against the bond, but reserved the right to argue it at a later date. Woods’ next court date is Oct. 10.
While Woodford requested a lower amount for Parsons, citing her ties to the community, he added that “her involvement shouldn’t be underestimated or minimized.”
“She did not pull the trigger but helped in other ways,” Woodford said.
Parsons’ court-appointed attorney, William Wright, asked the judge to set conditional bond, citing her family ties to the community and that she is the mother of three and working two jobs.
“She’s not going anywhere,” Wright said.
Parsons next court date is scheduled for Oct. 9.