Evidence keyed to Mueller
Mutual Ins. Co. v. Hillmon
Mrs. Hillmon brought suit against Mutual Life Insurance on a life insurance policy worth $10,000 on her husband’s death. On the same day she did the same thing at two other insurance companies on policies worth $5000 a piece. She contended that her husband had died and that the companies refused to pay. The insurance company alleged that Mr. Hillmon had conspired with others to fake his death for the purposes of getting the money from the policies, and that the policies were therefore void. At trial the defense attempted to show that the body which had been buried was not the body of Mr. Hillmon, but instead the body of Frederick Adolph Waters (“Mr. Waters”) . Each party introduced conflicting evidence about this issue. At the end of the evidence, the trial court instructed the jury that they had only to decide whose body it was and that that decision would decide their verdict for them.
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