Victims’ advocates remember woman slain in 1989

(WISH Photo, file)
(WISH Photo, file)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Advocates for domestic violence victims are remembering a northern Indiana woman whose 1989 slaying spurred changes to the way crime victims are notified when their convicted assailants are released from prison.

The South Bend Tribune reports Tuesday’s event marked the 25th anniversary of Lisa Marie Bianco’s murder by her ex-husband, who was serving an eight-year sentence for battering Bianco.

State correction officials failed to notify the Mishawaka woman of Alan Matheney’s release from prison on a weekend pass. He traveled to Bianco’s home and killed her.

Bianco’s killing was a catalyst for domestic violence legislation.

Her death prompted the creation of a statewide notification system that automatically alerts victims who register for the service when an inmate is released from prison, or if the inmate’s status there changes.

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