Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sunset Hills Man Accused of Killing His Wife Now Forbidden from Liquidating Assets

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sunset Hills Man Accused of Killing His Wife Now Forbidden from Liquidating Assets

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CLAYTON * A St. Louis County judge on Monday granted a temporary restraining order sought by Linda McLaughlin's sons, forbidding their father from liquidating any of her assets until a jury determines whether he killed her.

Judge Dale Wood issued the order in favor of John C. and Chris McLaughlin, freezing real estate, vehicles and a business their parents owned jointly, as well as their mother's retirement benefits, life insurance proceeds and bank accounts.

In Missouri, assets of the dead go to the surviving spouse, if there is one but not if the spouse is found to have caused the death.

John Kevin McLaughlin, 58, has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, who disappeared as they were divorcing. They lived in Sunset Hills.

The sons filed a civil lawsuit against their father last week, seeking their mother's assets. …

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