Chandler Halderson Kills Parents After Father Finds Out School Lies: The District Attorney
In early 2021, the Wisconsin man Chandler “Chaz” Michael Halderson, 23, seemed like a pretty impressive guy, according to opening statements from his murder trial. He told his family he was a college graduate, worked at an insurance company, helped police as a dive pilot for a rescue team and that he’s just been hired to work for SpaceX, attorney Guillaume Brown told jurors on Tuesday.
It turned out to be an elaborate web of lies, the state said. It all fell apart after the accused’s father Bart halderson, 50, found out he wasn’t even going to school, the prosecutor said. “Chaz” shot his father in the back, murdered his mother Krista halderson, 53, when she returned home and dumped their dismembered body parts in southern Wisconsin, Brown said. Then he reported them missing, saying they went for hours north to their cabin, the prosecutor said.
Brown told jurors that Halderson planned to dismember his parents and burn their remains. Photo shows the Halderson family home, where the glass was broken. Brown also says investigators found a piece of human skull inside the fireplace.#ChandlerHalderson @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/63JbqHAXfZ
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Taking it all at face value, the accused Halderson was an unemployed slacker who made fun of his parents, played video games while he was supposed to work remotely for the insurance company and resorted to more and more stories. more desperate to maintain the lies.
According to Brown, Halderson claimed to work at the company for a year, but his father, who was an accountant, kept asking him why he wasn’t paying rent. The defendant has told different stories, first claiming that the insurance company withheld his paychecks because they mistakenly had him as an hourly worker instead of paid work, the prosecutor said. Then he allegedly claimed to have given the wrong information about the direct deposit. Then he allegedly said that the company must have paid him so much money that the bank thought the deposit was bogus.
The accused Halderson went so far as to stage emails between himself and a fictitious human resources person who used a generic email address, which he passed on to his father, Brown said. Comedy worked for a while. Brown suggested Halderson’s parents gave him the benefit of the doubt.
“But the way a parent views their child as possibly telling the truth is not how you as jurors should view it,” he said.
Madison Police and the state’s Department of Natural Resources did not have scuba diving teams, Brown said. According to the prosecutor, Halderson went to college but failed after one semester. The situation with the insurance company came to a head: Halderson allegedly claimed to have gotten a job at SpaceX. In it, he lied to his girlfriend about renting an apartment and buying a car to get to Titusville, Fla., Where the company has its launch facilities.
“He’s going to be an astronaut,” Brown said.
As an escape route, Halderson pretended to have a serious concussion while falling downstairs, the prosecutor said. He allegedly claimed to have a brain hemorrhage, hematoma, spine damage, had to have his head pierced, be unable to use his legs, be unable to drive, have nerve damage, be unable to fly in a plane and need a colostomy bag.
The state showed jurors photos of Halderson wearing a neck brace, but surveillance footage allegedly from after the murders showed him without the splint, dragging ice packs at gas stations, which Brown said were used to freeze his father’s corpse.
According to Brown, Bart Halderson has finally found out the truth, at least about the school. Believing the university was wrongly withholding his son’s transcript, the older man pretended to be Chaz during a phone call with a customer service representative at the university, and learned that officials at the school with which his son communicated were in fact invented.
“That will be all then,” said Bart Halderson in this account, his last words recorded alive, about a day and a half before the murders.
Brown said the man’s schedule showed he planned to meet school officials with the accused Halderson at 3 p.m. on July 1.
“There’s no way out of this one,” the prosecutor said.
Bart Halderson texted his son at 2:10 p.m. “I’m ready when you are,” about 50 minutes before the murder. It was the last time he used his phone, Brown said.
The prosecutor claimed that Chandler shot Bart in the back with a high powered rifle. The accused then texted his mother to tell her that his father’s phone was dead. He asked her to bring him some soda.
“KI can,” she wrote, with a smiley face.
Brown argued that Halderson’s request was a stall tactic.
Surveillance footage showed Krista finally entered the house, never to be seen alive again.
The killings occur between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., he said.
Authorities said the accused Halderson reported his parents missing on July 7, claiming they had gone to a cabin. Once again, he is said to have engaged in an elaborate but easily refuted network of lies. For example, he used his mother’s phone, pretended to be her, and texted himself on July 4th about a parade in White Lake, which actually happened the day before.
Continuing to feign injury, Halderson visited a farm owned by his girlfriend’s family, asked to use the pool as therapy for his leg, and took the opportunity to hide his father’s torso in the nearby woods. Brown said.
His girlfriend, believing him to be innocent, had cooperated with law enforcement in a good faith attempt to exonerate him from the investigation, but noticed via location data on Snapchat that he appeared to be in a forest. on the banks of the Wisconsin River on July 3, contrary to his claim he was doing chores, according to the prosecutor. It was there that investigators found Krista Halderson’s legs strewn in several pieces, Brown said.
[Booking photo via Dane County Sheriff’s Office]
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