Christine M. Staeven, 40
WI, Town of Chase, Oconto Co.
May 14, 2009
Christine's murder has left her 3 young Children to grow up without their Mother in their lives after having gone through and survived the arsenic attack on their Mother
Christine badly burned body was found in her home. Her three young children were also present and were able to escape the fire. The autopsy determined that she did not die as a result of the fire, which investigators determined had been started in three locations in the house.
Her estranged husband and the children’s father, Randall C. Staeven, 50, has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, arson, three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, and mutilating a corpse. He has pled not-guilty and filed a motion to dismiss the charges. A hearing on the motion is scheduled for September 1, 2010.
Christine Staeven filed a petition for divorce in March 2009 and filed a domestic abuse temporary restraining order in January 2009. The restraining order was issued in March and was in effect at the time of her death.
Her eleven-year-old daughter described waking to the smell of smoke and the sounds of the fire alarm and one of her younger brothers screaming. She led her brothers to safety and sought help from a neighbor.
Town of Chase, Oconto County
In August 2011, a jury convicted Randall C. Staeven of first-degree intentional homicide, three counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, arson, and mutilating a corpse in the death of his estranged wife, Christine Staeven.
His three young children were present at the time of the homicide and able to escape the fire.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 2011.