Skip to main content

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

  • Author:
  • Updated:

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

Screen Shot 2020-04-28 at 9.07.41 PM

Ordway will require vaccinated audience members also be boosted

If someone has not gotten a booster shot, they will have to show a negative COVID test.

Gophers basketball, Williams Arena, Gopher fans

U of M to require vaccine or negative test proof for large events

The policy doesn't go into effect until late-January.

Lauri Anne Deatherage

Man indicted for first-degree murder in ex-wife's death

He's accused of killing her days after she remarried.

Jackknifed semi I-94 Sauk Centre Jesse Grabow

Crashes, spinouts piling up as snow blankets southern MN

Snow is expected to continue throughout the day.


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Friday, January 14

More than 11,000 cases for a second day in a row.

Juicy Lucy at Matt's Bar's choice for MN's best sandwich? A famous burger

Is the Juicy Lucy great? Yes. But we can't help but think some sandwiches may have been overlooked.

Boundary Waters BWCAW 1

Boundary Waters permits available next week, but there won't be as many

The number available this year have been cut after increased visitation that's led to congestion and damage to natural resources.

Screen Shot 2022-01-14 at 9.52.35 AM

Four arrested after attempted carjacking at Moorhead gas station

The incident occurred at around 3:40 p.m. at the Travel Mart in Moorhead.

Pexels smartphone use app

App linked to bullying resurfaces in MN, prompting warning from school

The app allows users to anonymously send messages to anyone else with the app.

St. Croix County Sheriff's Office

Hudson woman killed in crash, pickup driver possibly drunk-driving

The crash occurred at around 12:16 a.m. Thursday.