No. 19419.

302 F.2d 144 (1962)

Hattie McFADDEN, Appellant, v. AETNA LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY and Priscilla McFadden, Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit.

April 27, 1962.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

P. Donald DeHoff, Jacksonville, Fla., for appellant.

John O. Jackson, Jacksonville, Fla., for appellee McFadden.

George Stelljes, Jr., Francis P. Conroy, Harry T. Gray, Marks, Gray, Yates, Conroy & Gibbs, Jacksonville, Fla., for appellee Aetna Life Ins. Co.

Before BROWN and WISDOM, Circuit Judges, and DE VANE, District Judge.


The question in this interpleader action was whether the wife feloniously shot her husband and thereby, under Florida principles, Carter v. Carter, Fla. 1956, 88 So.2d 153, forfeited her rights as named beneficiary to the proceeds of the life insurance policy on the assured husband.

In the contest between the widow and the surviving mother as a secondary statutory beneficiary, the surviving mother built an imposing...

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