HIV And Hepatitis May Have Been Precursors To Man’s Murder
Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 27, 2013 – Wife may have shot her husband to death for being infected with HIV and Hepatitis.
“The woman in this murder case shot her husband while he slept, and while the motive seemingly remains unclear, there is strong speculation she took his life for cheating on her. Currently, the woman in question is serving a jail sentence, with a release date of August 2027,” outlined Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, L.L.P.
The woman made no bones about the fact she shot her husband when she was arrested in September 2010, although it took some time for her to confess. She was indicted for first-degree murder in March 2011 and subsequently pled guilty to second-degree murder in July 2011. It was a dramatic event for the city of Mankato, and one that had all the elements of a good book, movie or reality show interview. Given the supposition that the wife would try to sell her story, the dead man’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her, as they were disappointed in the sentence she received, and the thought she may profit from his death was an affront to their sensibilities.
“The wrongful death lawsuit won’t likely award the family much money, but they have already stated that they are not interested in an award so much as they want to ensure she never sells her story and profit from killing their son,” said Schuelke. At best, the family hopes to recover medical expenses, funeral and burial expenses and compensation for the loss of society, companionship, comfort and aid.
The family may also seek punitive damages, given the fact that the man was shot to death while he slept and suffered enormously prior to his death. Even though part of the woman’s sentence included a court order for restitution of funeral expenses to be recovered from her prison pay, assessing damages in this case will be difficult.
Concurrently, the family sued the woman’s father for clearing out the death house the day after the murder. He took property which belonged to the murder victim. The family needed a court order to retrieve various items. “It was an acrimonious situation, and it is difficult to predict the outcome of the wrongful death lawsuit. Although the police do have a taped confession and evidence the wife took out a life insurance policy on her husband two months before his murder which is strong evidence of premeditation,” added Schuelke.
Wrongful death lawsuits can be complex cases and it is best for a plaintiff to know what they may face in the event they go to court. For this reason, choosing an experienced attorney makes the most sense to ensure the process goes smoothly and the family receives some form of compensation for the negligent death of a loved one.
Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP
206 East 9th Street, Ste. 1511
Austin, TX 78701
Call (512) 476-4944
View Larger Map
- Brain Injuries: Risk Of Suicide May Increase Three Fold After A Concussion
I’m part of a nation-wide group of lawyers who regularly exchange articles and other information with one another about brain injury cases. This week, we were having an online discussion about suicide, and we shared a study from earlier this year finding that persons who have suffered even a single concussion may be at a [...]
- Is Football Affecting Your Case?
Summer is over and football is back. My University of Texas Longhorns are off to a great start with a big season-opening win over Notre Dame. Even my daughter’s high school is 2-0. Everything about football season is great, right? Maybe not. You see, football season may be affecting your case. Earlier this week, the [...]
- No Pokemon (ing) While Driving
Fairly typical questions we ask and investigate in car wreck cases are whether the driver was distracted by talking on the phone or texting while driving. Now, I might have to start another series of questions after the introduction of Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go is an app game that was released a few days ago, [...]
See other news sources publishing this article. BETA | Tags: Austin accident attorney, Austin accident lawyer, Austin injury attorney, Austin injury lawyer, Austin personal injury, Austin personal injury attorney, Austin personal injury lawyer