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Son now charged as prime suspect in Christian Schauer murder

Published: Mar. 8, 2021 at 9:12 AM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -Three people arrested for their alleged roles in the death of a 20-year-old man are were formally charged Monday in Marathon County Circuit Court.

Jared Carl, 20, is charged with murder, taking a vehicle, possession of THC and obstructing an officer. The body of Christian Schauer, 20, was found Dec. 29 in a wooded area of the McMillian Marsh near Spencer.

Jared Carl remains in jail on $1 million cash bond.

Investigators said Jared Carl initially said his father, Shawn Carl, 50, shot and killed Chris Schauer. Prosecutors said Shawn Carl did know about the alleged murder and help conceal Schauer’s vehicle.

Shawn Carl was arrested in February and held on first-degree intentional homicide until Audrey Benson came forward saying Jared Carl killed Schauer. Shawn Carl is charged with falsifying information and obstructing an officer. He remains in custody on a $50,000 cash bond.

In court Monday, his attorney asked for a $5,000 cash bond citing no violent criminal history and ties to the area.

Schauer’s mother addressed the court following the request.

“I am the mother the victim. I do not think $5,000 is appropriate. He did conceal a crime. He knew that the crime had been committed. And he still waited a month until the investigation got started. And he did not come forward. I do not trust him with a $5,000 bond.”

Judge LaMont Jacobson set his bond at $50,000 cash.

Benson is charged with hiding a corpse and aiding a felon. She’s in custody on a $75,000 bond but will be released if she is able to post the first $15,000 in cash.

All three will return to court March 17 to learn if their cases will head to trial.

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