Engelbrecht found guilty on all 5 charges

Engelbrecht found guilty on all 5 charges

NEW ULM, Minn. (KEYC) — The jury has found Scott Engelbrecht guilty of all five original charges stemming from a June 2018 incident where he had killed his wife and stepdaughter.

Engelbrecht had been originally charged with two counts of 1st Degree Murder, two counts of 2nd Degree Murder and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in the 2nd degree for the killings of wife 67-year-old Joyce Ann Engelbrecht and stepdaughter 43-year-old Rachel Elaine Linder.

Holly Bernstein spoke with Joyce’s brother and sister after the verdict, who told her that they are delighted to see justice after the verdict was given.

“He had been pretty mean to her for a long time and treated her like nothing, like she didn’t exist, other than his servant,” said Lin Henrikson, Joyce’s sister. "I mean, she was told to do whatever, and she did it.”

Engelbrecht took the stand Thursday to claim that Linder had shot Joyce Ann Engelbrecht, and that he had accidentally shot Rachel as he chased after her.

Engelbrecht’s sentencing date is to be determined at this time.


The jury is now deliberating the case a St. James native accused of killing his wife and stepdaughter.

Scott Engelbrecht is facing two counts of 1st Degree Murder, two counts of 2nd Degree Murder and one count of assault with a dangerous weapon in the 2nd degree for the killings of wife 67-year-old Joyce Ann Engelbrecht and stepdaughter 43-year-old Rachel Elaine Linder in June 2018.

DEVELOPING: Jurors deliberating fate of man charged with killing wife, stepdaughter

The defense rested Thursday after Engelbrecht took the stand to claim that Linder had shot her own mother and that he had accidentally shot Rachel as he chased after her.

The defense also called upon Michael Cowell, an inmate at the Brown County Jail, to testify Thursday. Cowell’s testimony cast doubt on the testimony of prosecution witness David Uhde.

Uhde, who shared a cell with Engelbrecht, told the jury that Engelbrecht had admitted to the crimes.

After hearing closing arguments, the jury got the case.

A verdict has not yet been reached at the time of publication.

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