Zeke MacCormack - Express-News
Authorities saw a troubled man’s elaborately staged death at his own hand. His widow, Tracy Shue, contending he was abducted, tortured and killed, hoped the ruling by Palmer in a civil case would prompt a new investigation.
Palmer said Friday he’s not heard from law enforcement officials about his homicide conclusion, which ran contrary to suicide findings by the medical examiner, Air Force investigators and former Justice of the Peace Nancy White.
Justice of the Peace Larry James, who succeeded White, recently received a letter from the state on how to change Shue’s death certificate to comply with Palmer’s July 18 order directing the Texas Department of State Health Services to “take all actions necessary” to amend the certificate to reflect it was homicide.
“It’s a very questionable area,” Allee said of whether Palmer has the authority to order the cause of death changed.
He noted Palmer’s order didn’t explain the basis for the murder conclusion, which came one week into what was slated to be a five-week trial of a negligence suit Tracy Shue filed against USAA Life Insurance Co.
The surprise trial ending, in which both sides abruptly rested and Palmer quickly ruled, saw the judge reject the suit’s claim that USAA mishandled a $500,000 policy held on Shue by his ex-wife, Nancy Shue.
And he refused to allow access to more than 2,000 trial exhibits that apparently formed the foundation for Palmer’s murder ruling.
Asked if he’d take that offer, Curry said, “I don’t think so.”