Members of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension work the scene in front of a home that was the site of a homicide on Feb. 1, 2013, in the 500 block of Fourth Street NW just south of Austin and Pacelli Schools. Herald file photo
Members of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension work the scene in front of a home that was the site of a homicide on Feb. 1, 2013, in the 500 block of Fourth Street NW just south of Austin and Pacelli Schools. Herald file photo

Austin’s last murder was one year ago

Published 10:20am Friday, January 31, 2014

Police cruisers, tape and sheets blocked off the scene on Fourth Street Northwest one year ago while investigators looked into Austin’s first murder since 2007.

Nearly all day on Feb. 1, 2013, police, deputies and Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigators tried to piece together the details of 86-year-old Dennis Seberson’s death. They later determined his 46-year old son, Craig Seberson, had killed Dennis by causing an injury to his head. However, they couldn’t get the information from Craig, as he died shortly after the reported murder in a high-speed chase.

A witness called 911 at 3 a.m. that day and reported yelling, then saw a body in the front yard of the apartments at 510 Fourth St. NW. A police officer responded and saw a red 2001 Saab 93 speeding away from the scene. Multiple law enforcement agencies chased the car for 50 miles at speeds exceeding 130 mph. The driver, Craig, eventually lost control, rolled into a field near Waseca and was ejected. He died at the scene.

It was a long day for local law enforcement, BCA, and medical examiners.

“It definitely calls for everybody to pitch in and it causes people to work extra shifts, come in early, stay late,” Police Chief Brian Krueger said, recalling the event. “Investigators obviously put in some extra hours, also. It’s just one of those things that in our line of work, we know that those things are going to happen, and everybody’s ready and willing to make any sacrifice that needs to be made so the job gets done.”

After a lengthy investigation and receiving coroners’ results months later, the Mower County Attorney’s Office closed its case, as well. The only person to charge with a crime had died.

The reported murder was the first in Austin since 2007, according to the Austin Police Department’s records. Jesse Edwards was charged with second- and third-degree murder and first-degree assault. He was convicted in 2008 of third-degree murder. Doctors say he shook an infant.


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