Journal Courier | Settlement reached over victim’s insurance

An insurance company has settled with the ex-wife of a rural Jacksonville man fatally shot in September 2015 in the parking lot of the Municipal Building.

Jewell Maul, as mother of the victim’s two children, will receive $274,383 from two life insurance policies. The policies were in effect for Andrew Maul when he was shot to death while sitting in the driver’s seat of his pickup truck in the parking lot of the city Municipal Building on Sept. 11, 2015.

His father, Russell Maul, will receive $45,000, according to the terms of an agreement filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

Jewell Maul’s father, Robert H. Gill, is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting. Gill also is charged with arson and attempted murder in connection with a fire shortly after Andrew Maul’s shooting that destroyed the home of Andrew Maul’s mother, Debbie Bartz.

Gill has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Trial has been scheduled for Aug. 7 but already has been continued several times. Defense attorneys are asking for a change in the location of the trial.

The settlement was reached about a year after Cincinnati Life Insurance Co. filed a civil lawsuit seeking to withhold payment on the two policies, which still listed Jewell Maul as beneficiary.

Although she and Andrew Maul had divorced in February 2015, the divorce agreement stipulated Andrew Maul would “maintain a life insurance policy in the amount of $250,000 and that he would ‘designate Jewell as a beneficiary of the foregoing insurance, not individually, but solely as custodian’” of the couple’s two children, according to U.S. District Court documents.

Shortly after Andrew Maul’s death, Jewell Maul submitted a claim for benefits, according to attorneys for Cincinnati Life Insurance.

Jewell Maul said in court documents that she did so on behalf of the children.

“[S]he submitted a claim for the $250,000 on behalf of her two children, and submitted a claim for the $69,383 policy in her own name,”…

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