Marshal John Ludwig, who was convicted last year of voluntary manslaughter for killing his wife Karen.Mr. Ludwig
had sought the proceeds of his wife's life insurance policy by arguing that Virginia's "Slayer Statute," which bars killers from profiting from their actions, applies only to murder convictions.
A jury convicted Ludwig
of voluntary manslaughter rather than murder.
A U.S. District Court ruled yesterday that John Ludwig
could not recover the proceeds of the policy because his
deceased wife had purchased the policy in Pennsylvania and the slayer statute in that state prevented him from recovering the money.Although the judge went on to say that Ludwig
would not have been entitled to the money even under Virginia
law, his judgment does not set a precedent in Virginia and could be decided another way by another judge.