Dates certain: Kruse murder trial begins Jan. 27

A judge has ordered date certainty in the Christopher Kruse murder trial. Trial begins Jan. 27 and concludes Feb. 14.

In the courts

WORTHINGTON —Trial dates for the Christopher Kruse murder trial have definitively been set for three weeks, beginning Jan. 27, 2020.

Fifth Judicial District Judge Terry Vajgrt recently granted the date-certain request, which came from the Nobles County Attorney’s Office.

Date certainty should help the state and defense notify witnesses and experts, some of which are reportedly out-of-state, of when to appear for trial.

Pre-trial conference will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 13 in Nobles County District Court, 1530 Airport Road, Worthington.

The jury trial will commence at 9 a.m. Jan. 27 at the same location. The trial is scheduled through Feb. 14, recessing during weekends.


Last March, a grand jury indicted Kruse for pre-meditated murder of his wife, Janette Pigman-Kruse, 40.

The indictment came more than three years after Pigman-Kruse died Aug. 19, 2015, of gunshot wounds in her Brewster home. Her husband reported that an intruder had entered the home and shot Pigman-Kruse in the chest while the couple slept. He couldn’t identify a suspect to law enforcement.

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