Authorities say they have linked a man convicted of murder in Georgia in a life insurance scam to the killing of a Delaware man in 2007 for which he had previously been charged but not tried.
That alleged murder was also for proceeds from a life insurance policy.
Jason Slaughter of Mauk, Ga., was found guilty of murdering Michael Haegele last month. His wife Donna Slaughter, admitted to the slaying and implicated her husband, and was convicted in a separate trial in November 2012.
During their investigation into the homicide of Haegele – whose body was found beaten, shot scrawled with homosexual slurs – authorities discovered life insurance policies for both Haegele and a Delaware man who was killed in 2007.
Slaughter, who purchased the policies and reportedly had romantic relationships with both men at separate times, was named beneficiary on both.
Slaughter had been indicted in 2012 for the murder of Christopher P. Masters of New Castle County, Del., on whom he had taken out a $250,000 life insurance policy, allegedly through fraudulent means.
The policy on Haegele was for $500,000. Both were purchased from Household Life Insurance Co.
Slaughter is expected to be extradited from Georgia to stand trial in Delaware. In the Georgia case, the Slaughters were both sentenced to life plus 15 years in Marion County Superior Court.
As a result of the insurance scams, Household Life was hit with two lawsuits that it eventually settled.
Cynthia and Terry Masters, parents of the Delaware victim, sued claiming the insurance company recklessly endangered their son’s life by issuing a policy benefitting someone to whom he was not related. Household claimed it acted in good faith because it could not have known Jason Slaughter was impersonating Christopher Masters online, despite the fact that Slaughter used an incorrect address and used the same credit card to insure his own life for $25,000 with Masters as the beneficiary, to make the arrangement look mutual.
Haegele’s uncle filed a similar suit. Terms of the settlements were not disclosed.