TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A judge in southern Arizona has refused to remove intensive probation conditions placed on a woman acquitted three decades ago in one of Minnesota’s most notorious murders.

An attorney for 78-year-old Marjorie Congdon Hagen asked a Pima County Superior Court judge in Tucson to reduce the probation terms so she can be admitted to a skilled nursing facility.

Hagen is on probation for attempted forgery for trying to cash a check in 2007 from a man who had just died.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that defense attorney Brick Storts told Judge Clark Munger earlier this week that Hagen can’t get into a facility while on intensive probation. Her doctors believe she can no longer live alone.

Hagen was acquitted of the 1977 killings of her mother and her mother’s nurse in Duluth.

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Comments (9)
  1. Barney says:

    Sounds harsh, but, given all she’s been accused of in Minnesota and Arizona, I wouldn’t want her in a place where she’d be in contact with any vulnerable persons.

    1. Pate says:

      I agree.Who can trust her? Even if she had dodgy health,she could still forge checks or steal.

  2. John says:

    She was found not guilty of the murders, but guilty of attempted forgery. This is not violent. We do not punish people for what they could do or I am sure over half of the state would get speeding tickets before they speeded. If she is unable to take care of herself, instead of saying she could commit a crime, (she can still do that at this time) what do you suggest for her care?

  3. MR says:

    She loves money has has killed multiple times to get it.

  4. jack says:

    She sounds like a real threat. She should just be killed since she is so OLD!!!!! What is wrong with that Judge? Let her into the nursing home

  5. jm says:

    do not forget the firebug that she is

  6. Pavel says:

    For those of you who remember, this woman is not “harmless”. Rather, she has a long history of crime both in Arizona and Minnesota. The 2007 incident is only the most recent. She will have to be placed in some facility where they can monitor her constantly…..maybe a jail. This article has left out the bulk of her criminal history.

    1. jack says:

      But shes 78! can she even get around anymore?

  7. gary says:

    sly old fox! Remember little red riding hood?

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