Emotional week for family of slain Elk River officer, son

The Elk River community just said goodbye to Officer Todd Besser and his 27-year-old son, Blake. On Friday, Officer Besser's younger son, who is accused of killing the pair, appeared in court with other family members looking on.

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The Bessers arrived at the Wright County Government Center at the end of another very long and difficult week. In attendance were widow and step-mom, Gwen, as well as middle son, Derek, the third brother who is now home from an overseas military deployment. On Sunday, the family said goodbye at a joint funeral, grateful for the massive community outpouring that filled Elk River High School.

"It's been an amazing and overwhelming show of support. Our hearts are humbled and honored that they thought so highly of our family," Gwen Besser said.

On Friday, 21-year-old Chris Besser's hearing lasted just about one minute. He is charged with two counts of second-degree murder, and prosecutors want more time before deciding whether to take the case to a grand jury for a first-degree, premeditated indictment. One question that seems to have emerged, however, is do the Bessers want Chris prosecuted to the max? The shattered family has said it remains supportive of the accused killer, giving the county attorney's office something to think about as this case moves forward.

"The main factor will be the investigation with input from the sheriff's office and ultimately, the county attorney. We do think there was premeditation involved in this case to support a first-degree charge," Wright County prosecutor Brian Lutes said. He added the family's sentiment will be considered, however.

Chris Besser is due back in court on June 12, the delay giving prosecutors extra time to plot their next move because there are deadlines and time restrictions associated with taking a case to a grand jury.
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