HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WZDX) - The company that held the life insurance policy for murder victim Alonzo McGhee is taking his ex-wife to court in an effort to determine whether she should receive the payment from his policy.
According to federal court documents, Primerica Life Insurance Co. is asking the court to determine whether Fillis McGhee or Alonzo McGhee's estate should receive the $432,000 payment.
McGhee was shot Jan. 4 while in his car in front of his home on Pale Dawn Place. He and his wife had just finalized their divorce a week before, and he had been given custody of the family's three children.
In its court filing, Primerica claimed it did not have enough information to determine whether Fillis McGhee would be eligible to receive the money. The company's lawsuit stated she has not been ruled out as a suspect in Alonzo McGhee's murder, and if she were found responsible for his death, she would not be eligible to receive the proceeds from the policy.
Police are still investigating the murder and have not named any suspects. Fillis McGhee filed a claim for the life insurance 11 days after the murder.
Primerica's court filing stated the company has provided a check for the policy proceeds to the U.S. District Court clerk, and the company is asking Fillis McGhee and a representative from Alonzo McGhee's estate to provide arguments to the court as to why each has the right to the money. Primerica also is seeking money for fees and court costs.
Both Fillis McGhee and Alonzo McGhee's estates were served summons Thursday. They have 21 days to respond.
Calls to the administrator of McGhee's estate, Arnold Sneed, and attorneys for Primerica were not immediately returned.