Court Allows Accused Killer to Use 401(k) Assets for Attorney

December 21, 2011 ( – A Wisconsin man accused of murdering his wife will be able to hire an attorney using funds from his 401(k).

Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Richard Nuss ruled Jason E. Anderson can now withdraw approximately $37,000 from his 401(k) savings plan to help pay for representation, according to the Fond du Lac Reporter. Earlier this month, another judge restrained Anderson from using part of the couple’s marital estate to hire a private attorney.  

Anderson’s wife, Nicole, was found dead from a single gunshot wound to the temple on November 8 at the couple’s home. A document filed by attorney Robin Shellow, whom Anderson intends to hire, claims Anderson stated on the night of Nicole’s death, he thought he heard an intruder and armed himself with a handgun. According to the statement, the handgun accidentally discharged when the trigger guard was knocked against some furniture, and the recoil caused Anderson to almost fall and for the gun to be fired a second time.  

The next step in the Jason Anderson case will be a preliminary hearing scheduled for January 6, the news report said.