Man accused of murdering wife may have done it for life insurance

Oct 06, 2011

A man is accused of murdering his wife for life insurance money.

Michael George, a Michigan resident has been accused of murdering his wife and collecting her life insurance claim. A local policy detective testified that George made inconsistent, contradictory comments during interviews four years ago, according to news stories.

Prosecutors say George, a comic book shop owner, was cheating on his wife and wanted to be rid of her, which led to her murder in the back of the shop they owned. Clinton Township, Michigan, Detective James Hall testified that George admitted an affair that he previously denied and lied about his life insurance policy among his statements to him and another detective a day before his arrest in August of 2007, according to the Daily American.

The news source said these statements contradict his claim in 1990 that the store was robbed of comic books in July of 1990 when Barbara George was shot once in the head in the back room of their shop. He collected $12,600 in life insurance payments.

George is being charged with first and second degree murder as well as insurance fraud. He was first convicted of first-degree murder in 2008 but the judge threw out the ruling due to prosecution misconduct and the possibility of new evidence.

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