On September 29, 2009, our mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend, Ann Sue Metz was brutally murdered by her husband of 38 years. He shot her twice, once in each breast with two different guns and then let her lay on the kitchen floor for an hour before calling 911. While she lay gasping for breath, he sat in his recliner and watched. When rescue personnel arrived, they observed a faint pulse but Ann died on the way to the hospital.
Due to the fact that this individual was Ann’s spouse, he was able to liquidate any and all property held by himself and his victim via his newly appointed Power of Attorneys. From his jail cell, he immediately began distribution of Ann's assets without regard to her estate or heirs. Court interception was lengthy and non-effective. Given the time line of obtaining court orders, actually being assigned court dates, and then the enforcement of said orders, assets and properties belonging to Ann have been lost forever.
It is important to note that in this particular case, the Last Will and Testimony of both the slayer and the victim were identical prior to the crime. Each named the other as survivor and the exact same heirs. After the slaying of Mrs. Metz, the husband changed his document from his jail cell and disinherited the previously named children and grandchildren. He also named new Power of Attorneys that took control of the house and assets. During the funeral of Ann Sue Metz and in the subsequent months, these POA’s emptied the house of all material belongings and then sold the property.
If Maryland had a law on the books protecting the victim rather than just a ruling, two years after the murder, the children and grandchildren would not still be fighting in courts to regain small tokens and possessions that belonged to Ann and her heirs.
We are asking you to pass the Maryland Slayer Law - House Bill 735 and Senate Bill 517 so no other families will have to experience such loss on top of such tragedy.
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