Hennepin Co. To Review Hecker’s Unusual Marriage

By Esme Murphy, WCCO-TV

ELK RIVER (WCCO) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says it will decide by Monday whether the wedding between former auto mogul Denny Hecker and Christi Rowan-Hecker was legal.

The couple, who are now both in jail, were married over the phone nine days ago, just before Rowan was taken into custody.

In a phone interview Tuesday, Hecker defended the wedding as legitimate. He said his wedding, while unusual, is very real and that Rowan is a wonderful mother. Hecker said,

“As a unit, we are a great family and we plan on staying together forever,” said Hecker.

Rowan-Hecker was at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove and Hecker was on the phone when Pastor Peter Geisendorfer Lindgren married them.

Hecker has not been able to speak to his new bride since the day after the ceremony, when she was taken into custody.

Now, both are at the Sherburne County Jail in separate units and are not allowed any contact, even through the phone.

Hecker said he did catch a glimpse of his wife in a jail hallway, but she did not see him.

He said he blames himself for her legal troubles and hopes she hears about this statement he gave us. Hecker said,

“Christi, your whole family misses you very dearly. Christi, stand strong your a great person. You have great faith and we make a great team. God bless you and I love you very much,” said Hecker.

It is Hecker’s fifth marriage and he is confident that, despite the long jail sentences they both face, this marriage will be his last.

“I had more wealth than anyone can imagine and I have had more sadness than anyone can imagine. I found myself with Christi and our love will last forever,” he said.

Again, the Hennepin County Attorney’s office says they should have final finding on Monday as to whether the marriage is in fact legitimate.

Hecker should find out soon which federal prison he is assigned to. Rowan is facing sentencing on two felony counts.

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  • shamoo

    I know Denny will be cheating on her in there with bubba no dought he will be so old when he gets out and used up what a good deal for him its good people helping good people just like he always said. only it will be bubba helping himself to Denny,..

  • WHAT?????

    WHO CARES ANYMORE!?!?!?!?!?

  • Neil Marriott

    There will be some legal twisted reason they they wed. Denny is still in bankrupcy – which he entered into when he was single. Thus, only HIS personal assets (at least the ones we see – not the ones in overseas banks and gift cards that we DON’T know about) belong to the state. Now, if she becomes his legal spouse, there will be ALL sorts of neat ways for him to funnel these hidden assets to her. Just wait – this isn’t the end of it!

  • Julie

    His 15 minutes was done and over a half hour ago.


  • Devoided

    Who cares??? WCCO….please quit covering this BS as news. I got married over a trash can at the old Radisson South…..did you cover that?

  • Mike Hunt

    I’m with you Neil Marriot. These two are totally up to no good & have zero respect for the law of the lives of the people they’ve impacted. Ya, we’re suppose to belive they’re doing it out of moral reasons? I think not.

  • Dave Seavy

    I have a little different view. I think they did this just to try to retain some control over the situation. He’s a man who’s used to being in command; she’s a woman who’s used to getting everything she wants. Put the two together and you have a powder keg. Every step of the way throughout the legal process, he’s been trying to keep some control over the situation; it didn’t work. I don’t know why he thinks this will work, but he’s living in a fantasy land, and so is she.

  • Renee

    Why is Hennepin county wasting my tax dollars on this nonesense?????

  • We

    What a lovely couple of psychos they make a lovely pair of crooks! Rot in jail!

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