Faribault man charged with killing Ohio woman indicted on first-degree murder


A Faribault man who was charged with killing an Ohio woman he met online has been indicted on first-degree murder.

Jason Robert Nisbit, 39, was charged with second-degree murder last month, accused of killing 26-year-old Chelsea Elizabeth Martinez on Aug. 1.

And on Wednesday, a grand jury indicted him on first-degree intentional premeditated murder, the criminal complaint says. He also still faces the second-degree murder charge.

If convicted on the elevated charge, Nisbit could face life in prison. (In Minnesota, any crimes that carry a potential life sentence must be brought by a grand jury through an indictment.)

Rice County Attorney John Fossum told the Faribault Daily News says he was pleased with the indictment.

According to the criminal complaint, Martinez traveled to Minnesota from Columbus, Ohio, to meet Nisbit after the two had connected online.

After meeting at a local motel, they agreed to meet again at Shager Park, west of Faribault, the morning of Aug. 1. That's when they walked to a wooded area and Nisbit, using items he brought with him in a backpack, tied Martinez's hands and feet, strangled her with a paracord until she lost consciousness, and then used a knife to cut her throat, charges say.

When law enforcement questioned Nisbit, he admitted to killing her and led police to where he put her body, charges note.

Nisbit was arraigned on the first-degree murder charge Thursday and was held on $1 million bail, KSTP says.

He remains in Rice County Jail. He is expected to make his next court appearance in late October, the Faribault Daily News says.

Next Up

Halloween, trick-or-treating

Osterholm on safe trick-or-treating: 'I would say go ahead with it'

The infectious disease expert's opinion doesn't align with the CDC's guidance.

drop and go ballot plymouth

It's too late to mail your ballot, but you can still vote. Here's how.

Voters can drop off their absentee ballot, vote early in-person or head to the polls on Election Day.

2019-12-11 f1rst Wrestling Hanukka Havok-Darin Kamnetz-154

Dusting itself off after virus blow, F1rst Wrestling returns to the ring this Sunday

Minnesota's premier independent wrestling company was on top of the world before the virus hit.


McDonald's is bringing the McRib back in December

It hasn't appeared on menus for eight years.

Apple Valley High School

2 more Twin Cities districts moving to distance learning for grades 6-12

The decision was announced as infection rates in Dakota County rise.

covid-19 testing site sign

Here are the 4 free COVID-19 testing sites in MN for the week of Nov. 2

People don't need to have symptoms or insurance to get tested for free.

minnesota zoo

Minnesota Zoo launches activities to get people embracing nature

The zoo is hosting a pumpkin scavenger hunt and a "Do the Zoo, Not Zoom Day."

teacher, coronavirus, covid-19, school, classroom

25 counties have COVID-19 infection rates associated with distance learning

County-level data is no longer the only source districts have to rely on to make informed decisions about which learning model to use.

Jason Lewis and Tina Smith

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's Senate race

Incumbent Tina Smith will take on former Congressman Jason Lewis.