Sarah Ann Wierstad, 24, was fatally shot while returning home from one of the two jobs she held to support her little girl.
Arrested for the murder is Alvin Rudolph Bell Jr., 24, and Michelle Lee Koester, 42.
The crime occurred in St. Paul, Minn. and was reported Oct. 21, 2015.
• We suspect Hollywood will make a motion picture based on this tragic murder.
In the Hollywood version, the victim will be murdered by a white male while a dedicated black father will be framed for the crime. The script writer will portray the black man as the doting father of a five-year-old girl and the murder victim a privileged white woman with bourgeois connections.
An antagonist will be added to the screen play. He will be a delusional extremist who will be characterized as a white supremacist callously unaware of his white privilege.
Moviegoers will leave the theater guilt-ridden and determined to fight for justice and equality as enhanced psychosis displaces reason and reality.
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One of two people under arrest in the fatal shooting of Sarah Ann Wierstad, a 24-year-One of two people under arrest in the fatal shooting of Sarah Ann Wierstad, a 24-year-old returning to her St. Paul home after working a double shift, got out of prison two years ago in connection with a murder.
Police arrested Michelle Lee Koester, 42, of Minneapolis and Alvin Rudolph Bell Jr., 24, of St. Paul, on suspicion of murder Tuesday night. Wierstad, a single mother described as hard-working and devoted to her 5-year-old daughter, was killed in her Railroad Island neighborhood Sunday night.
The Ramsey County attorney's office is reviewing charges against Koester and Bell, and a charging decision could be made Thursday. The two are being held in the Ramsey County Jail.
Asked about their connection to Wierstad, St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders said Wednesday, "Once the charging documents come out, that will all become clear."
In 1998, Koester pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting second-degree murder in Anoka County. Her brother, Jeremy Watson, then 18, admitted he fired a gun into a house in Coon Rapids that year, intending to scare another man, but killing an 18-year-old as he slept. Watson had Koester, then 25, drive him by the house and he fired his shotgun from the back of the pickup.
Koester received a 20-year sentence and got out of prison in October 2013 on supervised release, in effect until 2018. She has been "under high-level supervision" through Hennepin County Community Corrections since June, said Carolyn Marinan, Hennepin County spokeswoman. Koester's parole agent had contact with her several times per month, Marinan said.
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