Relatives of slain officer fight over donated funds

4:33 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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COLD SPRING - A Stearns County judge will appoint a receiver to begin determining how much money has been donated to the family of slain Cold Spring-Richmond Police Officer Tom Decker, and how those donations should be split up.

Decker's first wife, Rebecca, and his widow Alicia are at odds over the money that has been donated through a number of fundraisers that have been held since Tom Decker was shot to death Nov. 29 outside Winner's Bar & Grill in downtown Cold Spring.

At a court hearing Monday, Stearns County District Court Judge John Scherer told both sides that a receiver will determine how much money exists in at least four accounts that have been established since Decker was killed. That's the first step in what could lead to a trial to determine how much of the donated money goes to Alicia Decker, and what will be given to Rebecca Decker and the four children that she and Tom Decker had together.

Alicia Decker filed a court petition in January seeking to be appointed custodian of all but one of the funds that have been established for Decker's family.

Rebecca Decker objected both to that petition, and to the percentage of donations that Alicia Decker believes should go to the four children.

Scherer indicated that the possible remedy for sorting that out might be a trial in which the focus would be the intent of each donor or the reason each account was established.

In the meantime, both sides said they would work together to make sure Rebecca Decker and the four children she had with Tom Decker can afford a trip to Washington, D.C., in May. That's when Tom Decker's name will be added to the National Peace Officer's Memorial.

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