A judge in Kristiansand ordered that a woman in her 40s be held in custody for at least four weeks, two of them in complete isolation, while police continue to investigate murder charges filed against her. She’s accused of killing two men, with one of the alleged murders taking place 15 years ago.
The woman, who has not been identified, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murdering a man in his 60s who was found dead in a hotel room in Kristiansand in April 2014. He was the woman’s former live-in partner, and the couple had two children. His death was found to be suspicious and an autopsy revealed he’d been poisoned.
The woman is also charged with the murder of another man in his 50s, found dead in his home in March 2002. His death was not immediately ruled suspicious and no autopsy was performed, but police said he and the woman had a family relationship. State broadcaster NRK has reported that he was her father, and a dispute over his estate erupted after his death. He willed the vast majority of his fortune, estimated at NOK 13 million, to his siblings instead of to his daughter and her half-brother. NRK reported that they received only an obligatory NOK 1 million each from the dead man’s estate.
The woman denies all the charges and objected to being held in remand custody. She was overruled on Wednesday as the investigation continues.