Man collects half of slain wife's life insurance

Oct 12, 2013

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha man who spent two years in prison for killing his wife in 2009 has been awarded half of her $150,000 life insurance policy.

Patrick Cain was sentenced in April 2011 for manslaughter in the death of his wife, Evelyn. Prosecutors say she died of blunt-force trauma to the head after Cain pushed her down a flight of stairs during an argument.

State law says a person who "feloniously and intentionally" kills a spouse is not entitled to the deceased spouse's life insurance payout. Cain argued there was no evidence that he intentionally killed Evelyn.

The insurance company asked a federal court to determine whether Cain or Evelyn's family should collect.

Last week, the case was dismissed when Cain and his wife's estate agreed to split the $150,000 payout.