No Laws Broken when Hecker Married by Phone
Fallen auto mogul Denny Hecker may not have escaped charges that he defrauded Chrysler Financial Services and other lenders of millions of dollars, but it seems he won't face charges for marrying his girlfriend Christi Rowan by phone earlier this year.
According to the Star Tribune, the Hopkins city attorney and Eden Prairie police recently decided to drop the matter after previously launching an investigation into the union of Hecker and Rowan-who reportedly made their marriage official in February.
Hecker and Rowan reportedly married on February 22 at the Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove while Hecker called in from the Sherburne County Jail. The marriage certificate was reportedly filed in Hennepin County and shows that Rowan changed her name to Christi Rowan-Hecker.
Hopkins City Attorney Wynn Curtiss told the Star Tribune that state law says a marriage is only legal when the parties are married in the presence of each other and that it is unclear whether a phone call fulfills that requirement.
Curtiss told the Minneapolis newspaper that a marriage by phone has never been done in Minnesota. Although it appears that no charges will be filed, it is still unclear whether the marriage is valid. Curtiss told the Star Tribune that a judge would have to decide on the validity of the marriage and that it is unlikely that it will be reviewed unless someone challenges the marriage in court.
Both Hecker and Rowan are currently incarcerated for fraud charges-Hecker serving a 10-year sentence and Rowan serving a 14-month sentence.
Click here to read more in the Star Tribune about the marriage.