Lawyer For Murder Victim's Son Speaks Out About Messy Death Benefits Dispute

By Jeff Neumeyer

June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 24, 2010 at 7:15 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, IN (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- The lawyer for the son of murder victim Lisa Pattison says the teen-aged boy deserves all the money from a hefty life insurance policy in which the accused murderer was supposed to get a big cut too.

Family members grieved the LaFontaine woman's death from last July 2nd, and then felt the shock when her husband was indicted for murder.

Now, an emotional legal fight looms over whether Scott Pattison should have the right to claim half the death benefit.

Lisa Pattison's death was ruled a homicide and her husband landed in jail, despite the fact, he told police he returned to their home and found his wife unresponsive on a weight bench with a barbell across her throat.

Pattison is set to stand trial this coming July.

Now the other big unresolved issue…does Scott Pattison have a right to half the $450,000 life insurance policy, in which he's named a co-beneficiary?

Dan Sigler says anybody looking at this case objectively should immediately become suspicious.

Dan Sigler/Lawyer For Lisa Pattison's Son: " Why did this young woman have this policy? Then you look at the result and you go, well, maybe the reason she had the policy was because what was intended to happen later."

If Scott Pattison is convicted of murder, Sigler says it would block Scott Pattison from getting any of the insurance money.

Even if he's acquitted, Sigler says Lisa Pattison's family will sue to try and keep Scott Pattison from profiting in any way.

Indiana’s NewsCenter contacted the Marion, Indiana law firm representing Scott Pattison in the death benefit dispute, but the attorneys involved declined comment.

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