Our firm was engaged to assist a criminal defense law firm in defending their client who was charged with first degree murder. It was alleged that the client murdered his spouse in order to collect life insurance proceeds on policies where he was listed as her beneficiary.
Our role was to determine if there existed evidence of financial motive to commit the murder. This involved determining the defendant’s cash flow, performing a detailed review of the defendant’s spending habits, assessing the existence of financial hardship, performing appropriate financial ratio analysis and comparing these to comparable industry demographics to determine whether his net worth and debt levels were consistent with averages. We also testified on this matter in a jury trial.