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Governor Signs Ann Sue Metz Law, or Slayer's Law

The law makes it illegal for a convicted murderer to benefit from his or her victim's estate.

ANNAPOLIS, MD - Governor Martin O'Malley signed the Ann Sue Metz Law, or Slayer's Law, into effect Thursday morning.

"We had people that came from all over the entire state to help and put influence on this bill, which ended up being a really great bill. It's going to benefit those other families that are out there and won't have to go through what our family had to go through in Frederick County," says Del. Kelly Schulz, (R) - Frederick County.

It's named after Frederick resident Ann Sue Metz, who was murdered by her husband Marshall Metz in 2009. Marshall Metz was convicted of first-degree murder and made money off of Ann Sue's estate.

"When my step-father first murdered by mother, we couldn't believe somebody could benefit from killing somebody. Once we found that out, we decided that we wanted to take the next step and try to help other citizens in the State of Maryland to not have to go through the same thing we went through," says Jimmy Trout, Ann Sue's son.

The law makes it illegal for a convicted murderer to benefit from his or her victim's estate.

"We just think it's really going to be important not only for the victims of homicide, such as the Trout family, but really for prosecutors across the state too," State's Attorney Charlie Smith says.

Trout says the law is something his mother would be proud of.

"Right now, it's a lot of mixed feelings. We're happy, and we're sad at the same time because mom's not here, but she had a way of making lemonade out of lemons," Trout says.

Maryland joins 47 other states that have a Slayer's Law.

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