Man shot, $1 million life insurance policy in question by court

Oct 07, 2011

A woman whose husband was shot three years ago may not get his life insurance money due to her status as a person of interest in the case.

Three years ago, Veno Leigertwood of Yeadon, Pennsylvania, was shot dead in his driveway after purchasing a life insurance policy worth more than $1 million just 18 days earlier, according to the Delaware County Daily Times. Now, the issuing insurance company is questioning the policy, as his widow has become a "person of interest" in the case.

Lawyers with Banner Life Insurance have filed papers with the U.S. District Court saying the company is reluctant to pay money to Raven Leigertwood, his widow, because police are unsure of her involvement, the news source said. Under the Pennsylvania Slayers Act, she would be barred from profiting from her husband's death if she was involved in his murder.

Police also say they can't give the money to the victim's mother, who's named as the "contingent" beneficiary, because his wife may ultimately be cleared in the investigation.

According to a story after the shooting from the Philadelphia Inquirer, whoever shot Leigertwood did not take his wallet, jewelry or laptop computer. Police said he was killed when two men walking by his house approached him from behind and fired two shots at him, one hitting him in the neck.

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