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Petaluma widow's long wait for answers in husband's killing

They say the wheels of justice turn slowly.

But when, after nearly 12 years of widowhood, Mary Ann Nelson learned Alabama authorities had finally made an arrest in her husband's mysterious slaying, she thought a full picture of how and why he died would emerge at last.

Now, two years later, the Petaluma woman and her family are learning to accept that it could be several more years before Bob Nelson's suspected killer comes to trial and investigators reveal what they know, thanks to a crushing backlog in the Alabama courts.

"My friend keeps saying, 'You need to call back there and find out what's going on,'" Mary Ann Nelson, 61, said in a recent interview.

But she already knows the answer: "It's that waiting game."

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