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UPDATED: Pigman-Kruse’s husband indicted for murder

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BREWSTER — Christopher D. Kruse was indicted and arrested Friday in relation to the 2015 murder of his wife, Janette 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 she 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.

The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Brewster Fire and Rescue and Worthington Ambulance all responded to the scene.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension assisted in the investigation.

According to Mary Jean Pigman, Jan’s mother, the family planted a vegetable garden in spring 2016 in her memory.

“Jan did like her plants and gardening,” Mary Jean Pigman told The Globe in August 2017.

She remembers her daughter as a constant smiler who was full of kind words and selflessly helped others.