MAYS LANDING – The attorney for the physician husband of slain radio host April Kauffman argued Wednesday for the release of his client one day after he was accused of brandishing a gun at federal, county and local officers executing a search warrant at his medical practice.
But Assistant Prosecutor Carey Schill said the state was asking Dr. James Kauffman be kept in jail until he’s brought to trial on weapons offenses stemming from Tuesday’s incident.
Judge Bernard DeLury, after hearing from both sides, called for a hearing Monday to decide whether Kauffman will be held or released on his own recognizance.
Tuesday’s search warrant was unrelated to the unsolved May 2012 homicide of April Kauffman, authorities said. She was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds in the bedroom of the couple’s Linwood home by the family’s pet caretaker.
Kauffman was arrested and charged with weapons offenses Tuesday after he allegedly brandished a Ruger 9 mm handgun and threatened to harm himself. A standoff ensued. Because his client is a gun collector, attorney Edwin Jacobs said, Kauffman is licensed to have a gun at his office.
He also is accused of illegally possessing hollow-point bullets.
FBI agents, detectives from the county Prosecutor’s Office and local police arrived to search Kauffman’s Egg Harbor Township office and the Linwood home where the Kauffmans had lived when the standoff ensued.
Jacobs said his client is not a threat to anyone. Jacobs spoke to reporters in a hallway at the Atlantic County criminal courthouse after the hearing and said he questions the statement that Kauffman threatened officers with the gun.
Jacobs said after the hearing that his client is overwrought that for five years since the murder of his wife, the investigation has never gone beyond him.
Jacobs also argued that the public safety assessment that is run on incarcerated individuals was completed for Kauffman, and it recommended that he be released on his own recognizance.
Schill countered saying, “We feel when the court hears our facts they will order for detention.”
The hearing for Kauffman’s detention will take place 9 a.m. Monday.
DeLury was the presiding judge for the Prosecutor’s Office request in May for a DNA sample from Kauffman. That decision remains sealed.
During Wednesday’s hearing, Kauffman’s wife, Carol Weintraub, sat behind her husband. She declined to talk to reporters.