ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Suspect in custody for alleged murder of grandmother

David Ekers
Ekers

MAPLE GROVE — A man is in police custody on suspicion of the murder of his grandmother, a Worthington resident who was visiting family in the Twin Cities.

Maple Grove police responded July 8 to a report of a domestic incident at a local residence. Officers located three adult female victims with serious head injuries. Police were told that David Ekers, 34, of Plymouth, had attacked the victims with a wrench.

One of the victims, Darlene Broste, 86, of Worthington, had injuries so severe that medical staff considered them "non-survivable," according to the criminal complaint. Family members decided to extubate her early July 9 after the attack, and she died as a result of multiple skull fractures and multiple intercranial bleeds.

The other two victims remain in critical condition on ventilators, and it is unknown if they will survive.

In an interview with police, Ekers allegedly said that he had intended to kill all three victims and that he planned the attack about an hour in advance. He reportedly stated that he wanted to kill the victims because he did not want to be on psychiatric medication or return to the hospital for mental health treatment.

ADVERTISEMENT

Ekers was charged with three counts of second-degree murder, indicating intent but not premeditation. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. He is being held in Hennepin County Jail on bail set at $1.5 million.

Related Topics: CRIME AND COURTS
What To Read Next
Navigator CO2 Ventures is hoping to streamline the application process in Illinois as they add an additional pipeline to the mix.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the Wednesday, Jan. 25, crash.
Testimony to the top House committee from a convicted attendee of the Jan. 6 rally focused on the "inhumane" treatment of Jan. 6 defendants. The committee rejected a resolution on the matter 12-0.
Rep. Fred Deutsch, an opponent of last year's failed cannabis ballot measure, introduced a proposal to disallow consecutive attempts at statewide referenda. A House committee rejected the bill 10-2.