Legislation From Lake Crystal Murder 08 May 13

The Minnesota House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this week that was inspired by the murder of a Lake Crystal man. State Representative Tony Cornish authored the bill following the murder of James Nibbe by his wife Jennifer. The bill allows a judge to intervene on behalf of the family of a murder victim, to grant possession of their property before the defendant is convicted. It’s an extension of Minnesota’s Slayer Statute, which means that family can’t benefit from the inheritance of a murder victim. A companion bill is currently under consideration in the Minnesota Senate. Nibbe was killed in August of 2010, and his wife is serving a 17-year prison sentence for the crime.