This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member Anita Porterfield who was on the scene.
Attorney General rules against change in Shue's death certificate
Anita Porterfield | June 3, 2009 at 01:06 pmby
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Col. Philip Shue died of massive head injuries in a car crash on April 16, 2003. Examination of his body revealed duct tape wrapped around his wrists and his pants where they met the top of his boots; his nipples had been excised; the first knuckle of his left pinkie finger was missing; and a deep gash was carved from his sternum to his navel. His wallet, dog tags, and medical records were also missing and have never been found.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, and Kendall County Justice of the Peace Nancy White all ruled that Shue’s death was a suicide. In Texas a suicide is defined as “a series of events put into motion by an individual, regardless of intent, that leads to that person’s death.” Even if Shue did not intend to kill himself, Texas law requires the classification of his death to be suicide.
Prior to his death, Shue allegedly received threatening letters warning him that his ex-wife and her new husband were planning to murder him for life insurance. Despite the threats, the life insurance company asserted that they had no duty to cancel the policy.
Colonel Shue’s former wife held one million dollars on his life. Shue’s widow collected almost two million dollars upon her husband’s death.
On June 18, a Kendall County Judge, Bill Palmer, ruled that the manner of Air Force Colonel Philip Shue’s death was murder and that USAA, the insurance company that issued the $500,000.00 policy owned by Shue’s ex-wife, had no duty to cancel it in spite of the alleged threats.
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