Lake Crystal Murder Trial Delayed 22 Mar 12

The trial of a Lake Crystal woman accused of murdering her husband has been delayed. 34-year-old Jennifer Nibbe was scheduled to go on trial on 1st-degree murder charges on April 2nd, but that trial has now been delayed for at least a few months while both sides prepare their cases and the judge considers several complex motions. The decision was made on Tuesday. Nibbe is accused of shooting 26-year-old James Nibbe to death while he slept in August of 2010. If called to the stand at her trial, Nibbe reportedly plans to testify that she started abusing pain pills because she was sexually abused by her husband, and killed him in the “Heat of Passion.” Her attorney is asking that the charges be dismissed. The prosecuting attorney has asked that Nibbe not be allowed to use the Heat of Passion defense, arguing that pornography and other evidence cited by the defense is irrelevant. A new trial date has not been set, but it is expected to take place in late summer or early fall.