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

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

 Jason Nisbit (Photo: Rice County)

Jason Nisbit (Photo: Rice County)

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.

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