Shooting Victim’s Insurance Policy Tied Up in Court

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Primerica Life Insurance Company has filed a civil action suit  to temporarily put on hold payment on the $432,000 life insurance policy held by homicide victim Alonzo McGhee.

On Jan 4, McGhee was found shot to death outside his home.

In a civil action filing, Primerica stated that since Alonzo McGhee wife, Fillis McGhee, has not been ruled out as a suspect in the case, a hold will be placed on the funds.

Under Alabama law, a beneficiary who intentionally kills the person insured is not entitled to any benefit from that life insurance policy.

Primerica does admit liability in this case and has written a check for $432,000 that has been deposited into the registry of the Clerk of United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama to be paid when the proper beneficiary or beneficiaries of the policy is determined.

Filis McGhee is the primary and sole beneficiary named in Alonzo McGhee's life insurance policy.  If she were to be found guilty, the policy would be paid out to Alonzo McGhee's estate heirs.

To date, no suspect has been named in Alonzo McGhee's death.

Alonzo McGhee was a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. He worked for G-3 Operations on Redstone Arsenal. A judge finalized the divorce decree between LTC McGhee and Dr. Fillis McGhee on December 28, 2012. She had been principal at Hampton Cove Elementary School until the Huntsville City School Board approved the superintendent’s recommendation to fire her in 2011.

Read the filing here: McGhee Insurance3

WHNT News 19 reached out to Fillis McGhee's attorney, John Campbell, for a comment. Campbell has not provided a response.