An insurance coverage firm is suing the mom of two boys killed by her estranged husband over a $4 million life insurance coverage payout which claims she might not have been legally entitled to obtain. In the meantime, she is attempting to gather $10 million from her husband’s property.
The authorized battle, simply underway in federal court docket, is the most recent twist within the crime earlier this yr. It sheds new mild on the daddy’s actions days earlier than the killings and hints on the huge quantities of cash at stake for surviving members of the family.
Paul Reinhart, 46, of Gainesville, fatally shot the couple’s younger sons on Could 4 earlier than setting fireplace to the household’s trip house close to Suwannee in western Florida and fatally capturing himself.
Courtroom information within the new lawsuit revealed that Reinhart – a former medical machine gross sales govt – tried to alter two, term-life insurance coverage insurance policies on April 26 to stop his spouse, Minde Reinhart, 42, from accumulating any of the cash upon his dying. They had been separated on the time and heading towards divorce.
The insurance policies had been value $2 million every and bought in 2005 and 2015. They permitted full payouts within the occasion of suicide so long as Reinhart hadn’t killed himself for no less than two years after shopping for them.
With the adjustments, Reinhart sought to designate his sons, Rex, 14, and Brody, 11, as main beneficiaries. If that they had died, Reinhart recognized certainly one of his brothers, Konrad Reinhart, 45, of Gainesville, as a secondary beneficiary. Paul Reinhart submitted a signed, notarized doc with the requested adjustments to Constancy Investments Life Insurance coverage Co.
Reinhart’s actions add to proof suggesting he plotted the lethal violence days upfront. Information in a associated probate court docket case confirmed that Reinhart had up to date his will on April 19, simply 15 days earlier than he killed his sons and himself, to stop his spouse from receiving any of his property after 19 years of marriage.
In a associated dispute over that change to the desire, Mrs. Reinhart’s attorneys stated in court docket information that based mostly on Reinhart’s actions within the days earlier than he died, Konrad Reinhart knew or ought to have recognized that her husband was plotting violence.
Constancy wrote again to Reinhart in a letter dated April 30 saying it was unable to replace his insurance policies as requested as a result of he did not specify town and state the place he had signed the doc, which was notarized in Gainesville. The corporate’s “time period beneficiary change kind” didn’t specify on the doc that info was required.
It was unclear whether or not Reinhart obtained Constancy’s letter – mailed from the corporate’s life insurance coverage workplaces in Atlanta – earlier than he fatally shot his sons and himself 4 days later. A closing report overlaying the legal investigation by two sheriff’s workplaces and the Florida Division of Legislation Enforcement within the case has been mysteriously delayed for months.
Mrs. Reinhart declined to debate the brand new lawsuit via certainly one of her attorneys, Jeff Aaron of Grey Robinson in Orlando. She has continued to honor the reminiscence of her sons on social media, posting photos of a brand new bench in Suwannee earlier this month devoted to Rex and Brody and positioned close to a bridge the place they swam. She flew to Washington along with her mother and father in late September to attend the congressional baseball sport, the place Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., stated she was enjoying in reminiscence of the boys, who had been avid baseball gamers.
In its lawsuit filed earlier this month, Constancy stated Mrs. Reinhart requested the $4 million payout via her legal professional on Could 14. The corporate stated it despatched her two checks, for simply over $2 million every, which additionally included small quantities of overpaid premiums and unpaid curiosity.
Six weeks later, the insurance coverage firm stated, Konrad Reinhart requested about his brother’s life insurance coverage funds and stated he must be the only real surviving beneficiary below the adjustments his brother had requested.
Constancy stated it stopped cost on the $4 million in checks it had despatched to Mrs. Reinhart. It stated she and Konrad Reinhart have agreed the cash must be deposited in a checking account managed by Constancy’s legislation agency till a decide decides who will obtain the cash. Its new lawsuit named each Mrs. Reinhart and Konrad Reinhart as defendants.
Mrs. Reinhart’s legislation agency wrote in a letter Aug. 3 that it anticipated litigation in opposition to Reinhart’s property. On the time, the household was already combating behind the scenes over the $4 million and associated issues, however the life insurance coverage dispute – and dimension of the payout – didn’t turn into a part of any public report till now.
Konrad Reinhart months in the past threatened a reporter who known as to ask a couple of associated problem. “For those who name this quantity once more it’s going to be an enormous downside,” he stated in early September. “Cease calling me.” He and his attorneys didn’t reply to telephone messages this week.
In court docket papers, the insurance coverage firm described itself as “merely a disinterested stakeholder” and stated it was “at risk of being uncovered to a number of legal responsibility” until a decide guidelines within the case. It pressured that it was not making an attempt to maintain the $4 million.
Within the probate case, Mrs. Reinhart filed a declare in September for $10 million in opposition to her husband’s property, citing the “wrongful dying by homicide” of her sons. That case in Alachua County Circuit Courtroom is pending.
In that case, Konrad Reinhart was combating efforts by Mrs. Reinhart to acquire confidential information from Withers Harvey, the Gainesville legislation agency that dealt with the up to date will that excluded her. In court docket papers final week, Konrad Reinhart’s attorneys stated these information had been protected by attorney-client privilege.
Mrs. Reinhart’s attorneys earlier objected to a request by Konrad Reinhart that the property be divided amongst Reinhart’s 5 siblings and Mrs. Reinhart. Konrad Reinhart’s lawyer estimated the property’s worth at $75,000 in private property. He didn’t checklist any financial institution accounts, investments or different property.
Konrad Reinhart’s request listed himself, a sister and three brothers as beneficiaries earlier than additionally together with Mrs. Reinhart within the court docket papers. His lawyer included on the checklist Erick Von Reinhart, 50, who pleaded responsible in an unrelated crime to fatally stabbing his personal ex-wife’s new boyfriend – only one week after their divorce – then attempting to take his personal life with a big kitchen knife.
Erick Reinhart is serving a 40-year homicide sentence in a Florida jail and may very well be launched as early as July 2053.
Final month, Mrs. Reinhart finalized the sale to a chemical business govt of the $1.65 million house in Gainesville she had shared along with her husband earlier than they separated. She used the proceeds to repay a $900,000 mortgage on the house Oct. 15, information confirmed.
The household nonetheless owns the waterfront house in Dixie County the place the murders and fireplace occurred, in line with property information.