ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s General Assembly has approved a bill to prevent killers from benefiting from the victim’s estate.

The Frederick News-Post reported Friday that the bill needs only the governor’s signature to become law. It won final approval in the state Senate on Thursday, one day after the House vote.

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Frederick County Republican Delegate Kelly Schulz sponsored the bill in memory of Ann Sue Metz, a Frederick woman who was fatally shot by her estranged husband Marshall in 2009.

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Despite his first-degree murder conviction and life sentence, Marshall Metz inherited and sold the family home.

Maryland is among a handful of states without such a law. Instead, Maryland judges rely on prior court opinions. Critics say that leads to inconsistent rulings and costly legal battles.

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