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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Man Charged With Wife’s Murder Loses His House, All Three of Them

JailAfter Donna Honaker was murdered in her home in Ohio, her estate brought suit to collect the assets that her husband would have inherited under more normal circumstances. The husband, Royce Honaker, has been charged with Donna’s murder, partly based on the 911 call he placed telling authorities he had just killed his wife. Royce did not fight the estate, but rather stated from the beginning that he wanted his portion to go to his four children. A county probate judge has given Royce’s court appointed guardian settlement authority in the case. Donna’s estate includes three real estate properties, a $105,000 life-insurance policy, and two bank accounts. Royce will maintain ownership of his pension and four vehicles.

See Ed Runyan,  Estate of Killed Woman Finalized in Trumbull Probate Court, Vindy, July 23, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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