Darin Schilmiller, alleged mastermind behind Cynthia Hoffman murder, extradited to Alaska
Darin Schilmiller, the 21-year-old from Indiana accused of orchestrating the murder of 19-year-old Cynthia Hoffman in early June, has been extradited to Alaska. He has been in the custody of the Anchorage Correctional Complex since Monday afternoon.
According to a release from the Alaska Department of Law at the time, Schilmiller allegedly recruited 18-year-old Denali Brehmer, offering to pay her $9 million or more to carry out the murder and send him videos and or photographs of the murder. Brehmer then recruited 16-year-old Kayden McIntosh, 19-year-old Caleb Leyland and two juveniles to help her plan and execute the murder. In exchange, the teenagers would all receive "a significant sum of money for their part."
Hoffman was murdered on Sunday, June 2, at Thunderbird Falls near the Eklutna River, where she was shot in the back of the head. She was led into the woods near the falls by Brehmer and McIntosh, where they allegedly duct-taped her mouth and bound her feet and hands. Brehmer had a gun with her, but told detectives during an interview that she ordered McIntosh to shoot Hoffman after she couldn't do it herself. After it was done, police say the pair used Hoffman's phone to text her sister, making up a story about her being at the Polar Bear Playground at Russian Jack Springs Park.
On Friday, June 14, a grand jury indicted all six suspects for first-degree murder, first-degree conspiracy to commit murder and two counts of second-degree murder. Schilmiller and Brehmer were also indicted on a count of first-degree solicitation to commit murder, as well as federal child pornography charges on June 18. Brehmer was additionally indicted on one count of tampering with physical evidence; McIntosh was indicted on four counts of tampering with physical evidence.
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