Not guilty pleas entered in for new Halderson charges

Prosecutors now allege the 23-year-old killed his mother as well as his father
Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 9:11 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 1, 2021 at 6:41 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - A 23-year-old Dane County man accused of killing his mother and father stood mute during his arraignment Wednesday morning, leading the judge to enter not guilty pleas on his behalf.

Chandler Halderson appeared in a Dane County courtroom Wednesday morning. He was charged with a second count of first-degree homicide last week in the death of his mother, Krista Halderson.

He is also accused of hiding and mutilating a corpse, as well as providing false information in a missing persons case, according to the sheriff’s office.

Later Wednesday evening, court documents updated with a schedule of the 23-year-old’s trial dates. Chandler Halderson’s first motion hearing will take place Oct. 1, jury selection begins on Jan. 3, 2022 and the first day of trial begins Jan. 4, 2022. The trial is set to last 18 days after jury selection is complete.

Prosecutors levied the same charges against the younger Halderson in connection with the death of his father, Bart Halderson, on July 12, seven weeks ago.

Halderson last appeared in court on July 28, where he waived his preliminary hearing for the charges pertaining to his father. At that time, Krista was still considered missing.

He withdrew his demand for a speedy trial Monday, according to court documents.

Officials have still not released the identity of a third portion of remains found on the Halderson couple’s property.

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