Dead woman's life insurance funding husband's murder defense

Adam Frasch
Posted at 4:19 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2017-06-19 07:02:06-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida Panhandle podiatrist accused of killing his estranged wife is using part of her life insurance settlement to pay for his criminal defense.

Dr. Adam Frasch has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his wife, whose body was found at the bottom of their home's swimming pool in February 2014.

Court records show that a settlement on Samira Frasch's $1 million life insurance policy was solidified last month. The Tallahassee Democrat ( ) reports that it grants $200,000 to her husband's criminal defense attorney, $25,000 to a civil attorney and $150,000 directly to 48-year-old Adam Frasch.

Shortly before her death, Samira Frasch had filed for divorce and been given temporary custody of the couple's daughters and their Tallahassee home.

Adam Frasch was released from jail Friday on $250,000 bail.