October 26, 2009
Kelliher, MN (The Weekly Vice) - Betsy M. Hanks, a 25-year-old Kelliher woman was charged with second-degree intentional murder after she fatally shot her common-law-husband, then tried to blame it on her 3-year-old son.
According to police, Hanks called 911 on the morning of Oct. 20th to report finding her common-law-husband, 27-year-old Matthew D. Albert in bed with a gunshot wound to the head.
Albert stated to police that they had been up all night before arguing, after Albert accused her of having an affair with another man. Hanks stated that his claims were false.
After Hanks sent her two older children, ages 5 and 6, off to school that morning, She stated to police that she and the 3-year-old boy went off to Mizpah, MN for the day, leaving her 18-month-old and Albert behind at home.
When Hanks returned home, she stated that she found Albert in bed, shot in the head but still breathing, according to police. She said that Albert kept a pistol in a case by the bed, but the gun was missing.
Matthew D.Albert died on Oct. 22nd after being hospitalized at Twin Cities for 2 days.
On the same day Albert died, Hanks told an investigator that she had seen her 3-year-old son playing with the pistol and it went off as she tried to take it from him, wounding Albert in the back of the head.
However, later in the interview, Hanks admitted to killing Albert before heading to Mizpah because she wanted a better father for the children.
Hanks stated to investigators that she ditched the gun in a swamp. She later showed authorities where it was and the weapon was recovered.
Betsy Hanks was booked into the Beltrami County Jail on a charge of second-degree murder. She remains jailed in lieu of $1.5 million bail.
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