The daughter of slain Linwood radio host April Kauffman will hold a news conference this morning regarding a federal lawsuit in the case. April Kauffman was found fatally shot May 10, 2012, in the master bedroom of the Linwood home she shared with her husband, Dr. James Kauff-man,. No one has been charged in the killing.
James Kauffman, sued Transameri-ca Life Insurance in August, claiming the company failed to pay him on two life insurance policies totaling $600,000 he’d taken out on his wife.
In its reply to the suit, Transamerica said it had requested a copy of the police report and “any additional documents and/or reports regarding the manner of death.” It also said James Kauffman was informed Oct. 1, 2012, that payment could not be made “without first determining that plaintiff had no involvement with the death of the insured.”
In the reply, the doctor’s attorney, Michael Myers, noted the husband had cooperated with police and was not involved in the death.
“Dr. Kauffman is an innocent man who lost his wife,” Myers said. “Transamerica Life Insurance actually reached out to him first (via a letter notifying him of his wife’s policies) and he didn’t do anything with it for several months because it wasn’t the top thing on his mind at the time.”
While James Kauffman is the primary beneficiary on both policies, April Kauffman’s daughter — Kimberly Pack — is the contingent beneficiary, and is a third party in the case.
Pack will read a brief statement about the case at 11 a.m. in her lawyer, Patrick D’Arcy’s, Egg Harbor Township office.
“Due to the ongoing interest in the story and the search for answers regarding her mother’s death, Kimberly has decided to come forward and announce the most recent legal developments in the case,” her attorney said. “Going forward, she hopes that the dedicated journalists following this story will respect her privacy and allow the case to proceed in the courts, rather than in the media.”
D’Arcy also will read a prepared statement, but he said in a release there will be no opportunity for members of the press to ask questions due to the pending litigation.
Edwin J. Jacobs Jr., the lead attorney on the doctor’s case, said he wasn’t aware of Pack’s planned announcement, but he’s interested in hearing what she has to say.
“Dr. Kauffman has lost his wife to a homicide and if she has anything that will help bring the perpetrator into focus, we’re all ears,” Jacobs said.
Staff Writer Elisa Lala contributed to this report.
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