Judge rules Shue death a murder
by Anita Porterfield June 18, 2008
In a surprise move today, both the Plaintiff and the Defendant in the Tracy Shue vs. USAA Life Insurance Company agreed to submit their cases directly to Judge William Palmer and waive the Jury trial that began on June 9.
Judge Palmer ruled that the cause of Air Force Colonel Philip Shue’s death was murder and that USAA had no duty to cancel the $500,000.00 life insurance policy that Shue’s ex-wife Nancy Shue Timpson carried on his life.
“Finally the truth is out,” said Tracy Shue, Col. Philip Shue’s widow.
“This case has never been about money and it has never been about the state of insurance law in Texas,” commented Jason Davis, Shue’s attorney. “It has always been about justice and exposing the truth about what happened to Col. Shue.”
Col. Philip Shue died of massive head injuries in a car crash on April 16, 2003. Examination of his body revealed torn and shredded duct tape wrapped tightly around his wrists and ankles, his nipples and areolas surgically removed, the first knuckle of his left pinkie finger cut off, an ear lobe half-way severed, and a deep gash carved from his sternum to his navel.
Both the Bexar County Medical Examiner Vincent diMayo and Kendall County Justice of the Peace Nancy White ruled that Shue’s death was a suicide.
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