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Husband indicted for woman's 2015 murder in southwest Minnesota

Christopher Kruse

BREWSTER, Minn. — Christopher D. Kruse was indicted and arrested Friday, March 15, in relation to the 2015 murder of his wife, Jannette Pigman-Kruse.

According to Nobles County Attorney Kathleen Kusz, a grand jury met this week and indicted Christopher Kruse for first-degree premeditated murder of his wife. She was fatally shot Aug. 19, 2015, in her bed in the couple’s Brewster home. She was 40.

After the indictment was issued, Kruse was arrested by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office without incident, Kusz said.

In Minnesota, the convening and an indictment by a grand jury is necessary to charge a person with murder.

According to Kusz, a grand jury heard testimony this week during a multi-day closed court process. The entrance to the courtroom at the Prairie Justice Center in Worthington was guarded.

“It’s to protect the jurors who are participating from any kind of public pressure,” Kusz said about why the process is closed to the public. She said she couldn’t comment further.

According to information shared by law enforcement at the time of the murder, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched around 2:40 a.m. Aug. 19, 2015, to 652 Second Ave. in Brewster in response to a 911 call made by Christopher Kruse. He allegedly claimed that Pigman-Kruse had been shot in the chest by an intruder. A loud bang awakened him, but he couldn’t identify a suspect, he allegedly told law enforcement. He also said he didn’t find a weapon, but found a shell.

Their juvenile daughter was home at the time.

Brewster is about 9 miles northeast of Worthington.