Today, an Anchorage grand jury indicted 21-year-old Darin Schilmiller of New Salisbury, Indiana, 18-year-old Denali Brehmer of Anchorage, 16-year-old Kayden McIntosh of Anchorage, 19-year-old Caleb Leyland of Anchorage, and two unnamed juveniles known as Jane Doe 06022019 and John Doe 06022019 for Murder in the First Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Murder in the First Degree, and two counts of Murder in the Second Degree.
An investigation revealed that Schilmiller offered to pay Brehmer at least $9 million to carry out the murder. Brehmer then recruited McIntosh, Leyland, and the other two juveniles to help plan and execute the murder in exchange for a large sum of money.
If convicted the defendants could face up to 99 years in prison.
Brehmer, McIntosh, and Leyland are in the custody of the Department of Corrections and will be arraigned Tuesday, June 18th at 1:45 p.m. in Anchorage Superior Court. John Doe and Jane Doe are also in custody at this time. Schilmiller is in FBI custody and will be arraigned once extradited to Alaska.
Anchorage Police have arrested and charged three additional people in the Cynthia Hoffman murder.
Caleb Leyland, 19, and two juveniles have been charged in connection with the June death of the 19-year-old.
Leyland told police he provided Brehmer and McIntosh with a vehicle. He now faces charges of first degree murder and first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.
Leyland also told officers that he, McIntosh, Brehmer and the male and female juveniles agreed to kill Hoffman near Thunderbird Falls in the Chugiak area.
The male juvenile said McIntosh and Brehmer came to his house on June 2nd and told him they “had shot Hoffman and killed her,” according to police.
More details have been released surrounding 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman's murder.
According to court documents, 18-year-old Denali Brehmer admitted that she and 16-year-old Kayden McIntosh planned the trip to Thunderbird Falls. They both told the victim they were going for a hike.
After tying Hoffman up with duct tape, Brehmer allegedly handed the gun to McIntosh, "and told him to shoot her because she couldn't do it,” court documents say.
This however does not line-up with Brehmer's original statement to police, where she claimed that McIntosh "took the gun from her hands and shot CeeCee (Hoffman) in the back of the head."
This claim also varies from McIntosh's, who on June 4th told police that he was the one who pulled the trigger and then reversed his statement the next day, telling investigators that Brehmer was the one who ultimately shot Hoffman.
On Friday, a detective also spoke to a friend of Brehmer's, who showed him two Snapchat videos posted by her the day of the murder.
In the first video, Brehmer allegedly told her version of the events leading up to the murder, which are reportedly consistent with what Brehmer told the detective during their initial interview.
The second video shows McIntosh walking in the background as Brehmer says,
"I just want to thank everybody that's been there for me my whole life and these past few years and everything. I know I [messed] up, I know I did, if I could I would take back what I've done, I can't... I'm sorry everybody, my family, my friends. I guess you will hear from me when you hear from me, but I won't be back for a long time. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to do it, I didn't mean to do it."
Authorities are still investigating the motive for the murder.
Today 18-year-old Denali Brehmer was arrested for her involvement in the case. She faces multiple charges including 1st Degree Murder and Evidence Tampering.
19-year-old, Cynthia Hoffman, who was reported missing on Monday, has been found dead.
Hoffman was developmentally disabled, and her family says she had the maturity of a 12-year-old.
On June 3rd around 11:30 a.m., Hoffman was reported missing by a family member. The family member reported she was last seen by a friend at Polar Bear Park possibly on June 2nd around 4 p.m. wearing blue jeans, a hoodie and tennis shoes.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned the family member was given false information from the victim’s friend about her whereabouts.
The preliminary investigation found that Hoffman, 18-year-old Denali Brehmer, and 16-years-old Kayden McIntosh went to Thunderbird Falls trail on June 2nd. The three walked down to the river bank where Hoffman was bound with duct tape.
At some point, an altercation took place and McIntosh shot Hoffman in the back of the head, pushed her into the river and fled with Brehmer. The two then drove to Polar Bear Park with Hoffman's belongings and sent texts to her family members via her phone. They stated that Hoffman was dropped off at the park. Brehmer and McIntosh then drove to Lions Park in Mountain View and burned the victim’s belongings.
The next day, June 3rd., officers contacted a family member of Denali Brehmer who provided information that Hoffman may have been shot and pushed into the water. The family member didn’t have the location of the crime or any other details. She said Brehmer told her this information and hadn't seen her since.
On June 4th, detectives located both Brehmer and McIntosh. During this time, detectives learned of the fake story about Polar Bear Park. Officers were then sent to Thunderbird Falls trail where they discovered Hoffman's body along the river bank.
McIntosh was transported to jail and faces multiple charges including 1st Degree Murder and Evidence Tampering. Brehmer was questioned and released. Police are still investigating the incident.
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