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Investigator: Nunez likely to face additional charges next week

Cristian Daniel Nunez (submitted photo)

The man arrested in connection with a New Richmond double-homicide investigation should be in St. Croix County next week, where he is expected to face new charges.

Cathy Borgschatz, special services division lieutenant for the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, said 37-year-old Cristian Daniel Nunez is expected to arrive in Wisconsin on Monday and will appear in St. Croix County Circuit Court on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

“The plan is to have additional charges on Tuesday,” she said Wednesday.

Borgschatz declined to elaborate on what those charges might be, noting that investigators are awaiting results from evidence being processed by the Wisconsin Crime Laboratory.

Nunez has been held in jail since Sept. 3 in El Paso, Texas.

He has been charged with two felonies stemming from the investigation into the homicides of Courtney Bradford, 30, and her daughter, Jasmine Bradford, 10. The mother and daughter were found dead in their New Richmond home on Sept. 2.

Preliminary autopsy reports concluded the Bradfords died of stab wounds.

Nunez, a former boyfriend of Courtney Bradford’s, was arrested Sept. 3 in El Paso.

Prosecutors allege Nunez stole Bradford’s vehicle, drove it to Des Moines, Iowa, where he caught a flight to Chicago. He allegedly booked a room at an El Paso motel while at O’Hare International Airport.

Nunez arrived in El Paso and allegedly used Bradford’s identification and credit card to check in. He was arrested outside the motel by El Paso police.

Borgschatz said Wednesday that Nunez was believed to be headed to the nearby Mexican border, where she said he has family. She said Nunez was perhaps minutes away from being able to enter Mexico and that he left the motel with luggage before being arrested.

Borgschatz said investigators are no longer looking for a second man. The complaint filed against Nunez stated that two males -- one of whom was suspected to be Nunez -- were seen by federal Transportation Security Administration officials leaving a blue Chevrolet Equinox near the airport in Des Moines.

The second man was misidentified, Borgschatz said. She said investigators now believe Nunez was traveling alone.

Investigators on the case are now only looking for people with information about the case, Borgschatz said.

The New Richmond Police Department has been heading the investigation, which Borgschatz said has been aided by several agencies in St. Croix County, the state’s Division of Criminal Investigation, along with agencies from Illinois, Iowa and Texas.

“It’s taken a cooperative effort to get where we’re at,” she said, adding that more than 1,000 hours have been logged so far by investigators.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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