Pass the Maryland Slayer Law - House Bill 735 and Senate Bill 517 (Ann Sue Metz, murdered Sept. 29, 2009)
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State Rep. Joseph Vallario
State Sen. Brian Frosh
State Sen. Jamie Raskin
State Rep. Curtis Anderson
State Rep. Jill Carter
State Rep. Susan McComas
State Rep. Kathleen Dumais
State Rep. Susan Lee
State Sen. Christopher Shank
State Sen. James Brochin
State Rep. Luke Clippinger
State Sen. Joseph Getty
State Rep. Sam Arora
State Rep. Keiffer Mitchell
State Rep. Darren Swain
State Rep. Kelly Schulz
State Rep. Neil Parrott
State Rep. Michael McDermott
State Sen. Lisa Gladden
Gov. Martin O'Malley

Pass the Maryland Slayer Law - House Bill 735 and Senate Bill 517 (Ann Sue Metz, murdered Sept. 29, 2009)

    1. Shannon Trout
    2. Petition by

      Shannon Trout

      Bunker Hill, WV

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.

Recent signatures


    1. Update/Thank You from Delegate Kelly M. Schulz

      Shannon Trout
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friends,

      Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding Maryland’s Slayer Law – House Bill 735 and Senate Bill 517. As you may know, I am the lead sponsor on this piece of legislation. I know that the passage of this bill is as meaningful to you as it is to me, and your support is both gratifying and encouraging.

      The bill will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on March 7 and in the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee on March 8. I am hopeful that the bills will receive a favorable vote from both committees. My intent is to carry this bill through to its final destination on the House floor for final passage.

      Please continue to use your efforts on other legislators in our effort to gather support through this process.

      You may wish to follow the progress of this bill at the link below.

      With Best Regards,

      Delegate Kelly M. Schulz

      District 4A, Frederick County, MD

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. Below is the link to the proposed bill in case you would like to read it.

      Shannon Trout
      Petition Organizer

      We have a hearing in the MD house scheduled for March 7th at 1pm. A second hearing is scheduled for the MD Senate on March 8th. Please come out and show your support in Annapolis! Anyone can speak in support of the bill and my family will be giving 3 minute speeches explaining why this bill needs to become law.

    4. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • mellissa sweeney FREDERICK, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      this is wrong on so many levels, and it must stop.

    • Joyce Menhennett CUTLER BAY, FL
      • over 2 years ago

      to right a wrong & prevent this from happening again!

    • Trevor Rowland MARTINSBURG, WV
      • over 2 years ago

      It's common sense.

    • Trevor Rowland MARTINSBURG, WV
      • over 2 years ago

      It's common sense.

    • Linda Bigsby DERWOOD, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      As a victim of domestic violence, I feel that offenders should not receive any financial benefits from those they harm.


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