WALKER -- A Cass Lake woman charged with obstructing the investigation into the shooting death of Brandi Shank (also known as Brandi Strong) appeared in Cass County Court on Monday.
Sara Renae LaRose, 41, was charged in January with two counts of obstructing investigation -- aiding another who committed second-degree unintentional murder. A criminal complaint accused her of giving investigators “false or misleading” information about the November shooting that killed Shank, 25.
Brandon Joseph Roy, 24, of Cass Lake, was charged in November with second-degree unintentional murder. Prosecutors say Roy was the one who shot Shank through a closed bathroom door in the early hours on Sunday, Nov. 12, in Cass Lake.
Shortly after the shooting, the Cass County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying that they were searching for Sara LaRose, her husband, Anthony LaRose, 28, and Ilesha Guinn, 25, who investigators said fled from the scene.
The trio was located in late November.
The complaint against LaRose says that the shooting occurred in her home, that she did not call 911 after she saw Shank had been shot, and that she drove Roy to his house after the shooting.
The complaint also outlines multiple conversations LaRose allegedly had with law enforcement, during which she toyed with the possibility of turning over the murder weapon.
On Monday, LaRose’s attorney, public defender James Hughes, asked for LaRose’s omnibus hearing to be delayed for a second time; her next court appearance was scheduled for June 4. Roy is scheduled to appear in court May 17.