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Slayer's Law Passes Unanimously in Maryland Senate

<p>A bill to prohibit convicted murderers from benefiting from the estate of their victim passed unanimously in the Maryland Senate.&nbsp;</p>
ANNAPOLIS, MD - The Maryland Senate voted unanimously to pass a bill Wednesday prohibiting convicted murderers from benefiting from the estate of their victim.

Slayer's Law, sponsored by Delegate Kelly Schulz, is named after Ann Sue Metz, who was murdered by her husband in 2009.

"I'm absolutely thrilled that it passed finally this year. It's been a really long battle, not just for me, but for the family that's been involved. We had so much great support from both the committees and other attorneys outside of Annapolis," says Schulz, (R) - Frederick County.

Marshall Metz, of Frederick, was convicted of first-degree murder and made money off of Ann Sue's estate.

The "Ann Sue Metz Law" passed the Maryland House of Delegates last month with a unanimous vote and now heads to the Governor Martin O'Malley's desk. He is expected to sign it into law.

"I think this is a great step forward," Schulz says. "Maryland did the right thing in stepping in line with most of the other country and putting the victims in this point and time first."

"My main hope when we started this was to make sure that no other families have to go through the horrific round of court battles and cases and the financial strain they had to go through in order to right the wrong that family of the victim had to go through during that period of time," Schulz says.

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

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