25-year-old Jonathan Foster faces two counts of First Degree Murder, Armed Criminal Action and Shooting a Firearm from a Vehicle.
The victims were 37-year-old James Winton, the owner of the regional stores Salvage Groceries and More in Thayer and Mountain View and Ken’s Goodstuff in Winona, and a 42-year-old man whose name has not been released because his relatives have not yet been notified of his death.
Their bodies were found outside a home that burned on Curran Road near Clear Springs between Houston and Mountain View. Emergency crews were dispatched to the fire around 9:15 PM Wednesday.
Court documents state that Foster admitted to authorities that he shot both men with a .22 rifle and then struck one of the men in the head with a heavy object. Foster then allegedly admitted to setting the home on fire, stealing a truck from the residence and $1500 in cash.
The truck was left in a location east of Birch Tree and set on fire. Both the home and truck were a total loss.