Cold Spring cop's family settles memorial fund dispute

  • Updated: June 18, 2013 - 9:16 PM
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Slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker

The family of slain Cold Spring police officer Tom Decker has reached a settlement on how memorial funds will be dispersed following his November 2012 shooting death.

The settlement was reached Monday, on the day an evidentiary hearing was scheduled in Stearns County District Court, according to a court docket. The details were not released and telephone calls to attorneys were not returned.

The dispute between Decker’s widow, ex-wife and two brothers arose earlier this year over the undisclosed amount of money donated to various local banks after Decker, 31, was shot and killed Nov. 29 behind a Cold Spring bar after responding to a call.

A man named as a person of interest in the shooting later committed suicide. The investigation is still ongoing, according to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

In an earlier court filing, widow Alicia Decker asked the court to give her half the donated money, while the remaining half be divided into trust funds for his four children, or 12.5 percent each.

Ex-wife Rebecca Decker, who has custody as the children’s mother, argued that Alicia Decker and each child should receive 20 percent of the donated funds.

Two of the officer’s brothers, Eddie Decker and Larry Decker, also filed court papers, volunteering to serve as trustees who would ultimately allocate the funds to the four children.

A Stearns County judge in April named a receiver from an accounting or law firm to collect all the money donated after Decker’s death.

ABBY SIMONS

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