Alonzo McGhee estate sues wife over murder

Alonzo McGhee was found shot to death in Owens Cross Roads.
Alonzo McGhee was found shot to death in Owens Cross Roads.

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a former Huntsville principal.

The estate of Lt. Col. Alonzo McGhee filed the lawsuit against his ex-wife, Dr. Fillis McGhee. The lawsuit claims she is responsible for his murder and tried to cash in on his death by making a claim on his life insurance policy.

The complaint states Fillis McGhee instructed Alonzo to bring some medical supplies to the home on Pale Dawn Place. It also says Fillis told her ex-husband to leave the supplies in the mailbox.

According to the complaint, Fillis McGhee was the only person who knew Alonzo planned to come to the home.

The couple divorced six days before Alonzo McGhee, 44, was shot multiple times while pulling out of his driveway in Owens Cross Roads. He was Huntsville's first homicide of 2013. A $17,000 reward was offered for information to solve the murder. The reward amount has increased since then.

The complaint refers to the divorce proceedings; Fillis McGhee lost custody of the couple's children. The judge stated joint custody was not in the best interest of the children because of Fillis' behavior and deception.

Dr. McGhee is a former principal of Hampton Cove Elementary. The school board voted to terminate her contract in 2011. She worked at Progressive Union Baptist Church in Huntsville as director of the Child Development Center after her husband's death.

In March 2013, the Primerica Life Insurance Company out of Massachusetts filed a complaint in federal court to not pay the claim of more than $430,000 on Lt. Col. McGhee.

The investigation in to Alonzo McGhee's death continues. Fillis McGhee does not face any criminal charges.

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