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Charges filed against family friend in kidnapping, murder of 5-year-old


WALKER, Minn. -- The 25-year-old Coon Rapids, Minn., man arrested in connection with the abduction and death of 5-year-old Alayna Jeanne Ertl was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of kidnapping and theft.

The suspect, Zachary Todd Anderson, made his first court appearance on the criminal charges, all felonies, late Tuesday morning in Cass County District Court in Walker before Judge David Harrington. Harrington set unconditional bond at $2 million.

Anderson is accused of kidnapping Alayna from her Watkins, Minn., home early Saturday.


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