Judge rules Shue death a murder
In a surprise move today, both the Plaintiff and the Defendant in the Tracy Shue vs. USAA Life Insurance Company agreed to submit their cases directly to Judge William Palmer and waive the Jury trial that began on June 9.
Judge Palmer ruled that the cause of Air Force Colonel Philip Shue’s death was murder and that USAA had no duty to cancel the $500,000.00 life insurance policy that Shue’s ex-wife Nancy Shue Timpson carried on his life.
“Finally the truth is out,” said Tracy Shue, Col. Philip Shue’s widow.
“This case has never been about money and it has never been about the state of insurance law in Texas,” commented Jason Davis, Shue’s attorney. “It has always been about justice and exposing the truth about what happened to Col. Shue.”
Col. Philip Shue died of massive head injuries in a car crash on April 16, 2003. Examination of his body revealed torn and shredded duct tape wrapped tightly around his wrists and ankles, his nipples and areolas surgically removed, the first knuckle of his left pinkie finger cut off, an ear lobe half-way severed, and a deep gash carved from his sternum to his navel.
Both the Bexar County Medical Examiner Vincent diMayo and Kendall County Justice of the Peace Nancy White ruled that Shue’s death was a suicide.
Prior to his death, Shue had received threat letters warning him that his ex-wife and her new husband were planning to murder him for the life insurance money. Despite the threats, USAA alleged that they had no duty to cancel the policy.
USAA spokesman Paul Berry commented in a prepared written statement, “We have said all along that USAA handled the Shue policy correctly and the lawsuit had no merit. USAA stood on principle and has defended this case aggressively for several years.”
Lieutenant Louis Martinez, spokesman for the Kendall County Sheriff’s Department, stated that unless new evidence was provided, the Sheriff’s Department had no plans to re-open the case. Martinez also said that “This was a civil case, not a criminal one. The medical examiner and the Grand Jury decided a long time ago that this was a suicide. The ruling in a civil case is different than a criminal one.”
District Attorney Bruce Curry was unavailable for comment.
Leslie Weber, sister of Tracy Shue, blames much of the controversial investigation on the military. “It’s a cover-up,” Weber believes, “and no different than the [Pat] Tillman cover-up. From day one the Air Force wanted it to be a suicide.”
“When I first met Tracy shortly after Philip Shue’s death,” says Sue Pittman, court-watcher and friend of Tracy Shue, “I was impressed by her determination, stamina, and integrity to pursue her husband’s murder.”
“It is a shame that it took five years to confirm what was obvious on April 16, 2003, namely that Philip Shue was murdered,” declared Tracy Shue’s attorney, Jason Davis.