MAYS LANDING — Dr. James Kauffman has filed an appeal of a Superior Court judge’s decision to keep him in jail until he can be tried on charges stemming from an armed standoff he had with law enforcement outside his medical offices.
An appeals court has not yet set a date to hear the appeal.
According to Jill Houck, Criminal Division manager, appeals filed on detention hearings are heard expeditiously in the Appellate Division, normally within three to four weeks after the appeal has been filed.
Kauffman has been in the Atlantic County jail since his arrest June 13 after he ran inside his Egg Harbor Township office as police officers were attempting to execute a search warrant there. Inside the office, he drew a gun, which he pointed toward his chest while police negotiated with him. After 45 minutes, he surrendered.
Kauffmann was married to radio host and veterans advocate April Kauffman when she was discovered shot to death in the couples’ Woodstock Drive home in Linwood in May 2012.
The doctor has not been named as a suspect in the case, and authorities have said the June 13 warrants were unrelated to their ongoing investigation into the homicide.
Police, Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office investigators and the FBI searched five properties the day Kauffman was arrested, including his offices. The search was related to what Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner referred to as medical fraud.
Appeals of detention rulings are heard by a panel of two to three judges and can be limited to the transcript of the original case, relying simply on the strength of that case, or there could be attorneys for both sides present.
In his June 19 decision to keep Kauffman in jail, Judge Bernard DeLury said that while it was the first time Kauffman was arrested and the physician has a strong connection to the community, those factors were outweighed by the fact there was an armed standoff with police and that Kauffman threatened to kill himself.
DeLury said he also took into account that a large amount of money was recovered during the execution of the search warrants, along with an active passport, indicating the endocrinologist had the means to flee.
Houck said Wednesday that in appeal cases the judges will either uphold the decision of the lower court or reverse it and remand the case to the lower court.
No charges have been filed or arrests made in April Kauffman’s killing.
James Kauffman has since remarried, and he and his current wife retain the residence in Linwood along with a condominium in Center City Philadelphia.