Records: Man who killed wife may have millions
MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—A published report says a Connecticut man who has been in a psychiatric facility since his pregnant wife's 1998 beating death could control nearly $2 million in assets if he is released.
The Hartford Courant reports ( http://cour.at/sY7yct) probate filings, land records and other documents show 60-year-old David Messenger's assets include an insurance payout as the beneficiary of his wife, Heather.
Heather Messenger was fatally bludgeoned front of their 5-year-old son, and the killing was recorded on her 911 call for help. David Messenger was acquitted of manslaughter by reason of mental illness, but committed to Connecticut Valley Hospital for up to 20 years.
He signed away legal rights to his son, who was adopted by Heather Messenger's brother.
That disqualifies the boy, now a teenager, from challenging his father's standing as the beneficiary of his mother's estate.