A Florida podiatrist has been accused of killing his estranged wife and using part of her life insurance settlement to pay for his criminal defense.
Reports indicate that the 48-year-old doctor pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his wife, whose body was found at the bottom of their home’s swimming pool in February 2014.
Court records show a settlement on the woman’s $1 million life insurance policy was reached last month. It grants $200,000 to her husband’s criminal defense attorney, $25,000 to a civil attorney and $150,000 directly to the doctor.
Shortly before her death, the woman had filed for divorce and been given temporary custody of the couple’s daughters and their Tallahassee home.
The doctor has been released from jail on $250,000 bond.
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