Topekan Charged With Mom's Murder Faces Lawsuit From Brother

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Topeka man who is charged with killing his mother is being sued by a brother.

Jason Hachmeister is charged with premeditated first-degree murder in the September 2011 strangulation and stabbing of his mother, 58-year-old Sheila Hachmeister, at her home.

His brother, Aaron Hachmeister, filed a wrongful death lawsuit last September. The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Monday that Shawnee County District Court records show Aaron Hachmeister alleges in the lawsuit that his brother killed their mother.

During a preliminary hearing in 2012, Aaron Hachmeister testified that he and his brother were equal beneficiaries of their mother's $250,000 life insurance policy.

Kansas law prohibits anyone convicted of killing someone from inheriting any part of the victim's estate.

The proceedings in the civil case were frozen until the murder case is concluded.

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