The mom of two boys killed by her estranged husband is asking a Florida choose to block handing over $75,000 of his wealth to his sister and brothers — together with one who is serving a 40-yr jail sentence for an unrelated homicide.
Minde Reinhart, 42, of Gainesville, signaled in a newly disclosed letter from her legislation agency to the medical expert’s workplace that she anticipated a authorized battle — one that’s nonetheless unfolding — over what was left of the property of her useless husband, Paul Reinhart, 46.
Details rising from that courtroom struggle already are altering what is understood about occasions within the days main to the crime: Reinhart updated his will on April 19, simply 15 days earlier than he killed his sons and himself, in accordance to court information. And in a brand new cost, Minde Reinhart’s attorneys stated in court information that based mostly on Reinhart’s actions within the days earlier than he died, one of her brothers-in-legislation knew or ought to have identified that her husband was plotting violence.
Reinhart was a former medical system gross sales government who investigators stated was so upset over the loss of his job and pending divorce that he fatally shot the couple’s sons on May 4 earlier than setting fireplace to the household’s trip dwelling close to Suwannee in western Florida and fatally capturing himself. A remaining report overlaying the felony investigation by two sheriff’s places of work and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement within the case is predicted to be made public subsequent week.
Court information present Reinhart up to date his will to take away Mrs. Reinhart from receiving any of his property after 19 years of marriage: “I have intentionally made no provision in this will for my wife,” he wrote.
Reinhart usually awarded his wealth to “my descendents who survive me” and in any other case “to my brothers and sisters.” In the need, he recognized Rex, 14, and Brody, 11, as his kids.
Mrs. Reinhart declined to speak concerning the case. One of her attorneys, Jeff Aaron, additionally declined to focus on the matter.
The newly disclosed letter got here from Mayanne Downs, normal counsel, president and managing director of the Gray-Robinson legislation agency in Orlando. She stated that, “in anticipation of potential litigation” over Reinhart’s property, the legislation agency was asking the medical expert’s workplace to protect blood and tissue samples and different proof taken from the our bodies of Reinhart and his sons.
The medical expert’s workplace disclosed the correspondence Thursday in response to a public information request. The legislation agency additionally requested copies of the post-mortem stories for Reinhart and his sons, which had been released earlier this week, and names of anybody else who additionally requested copies of the autopsies.
“Ms. Reinhart has no desire to see the autopsy reports,” Downs wrote.
One day after the letter from Downs, Mrs. Reinhart’s attorneys filed a formal objection in Alachua County Circuit Court to a pending request by one of Reinhart’s brothers, Konrad Reinhart, that the property be divided amongst Reinhart’s 5 siblings and Mrs. Reinhart. Konrad Reinhart’s lawyer estimated the property’s worth at $75,000 in private property. He didn’t checklist any financial institution accounts, investments or different property.
Her attorneys requested the choose to transfer the case to probate and appoint an impartial individual to oversee handing out Reinhart’s property. They stated they anticipated “multiple claims will be brought and litigated” within the case, indicating a prolonged courtroom dispute.
Konrad Reinhart’s request listed himself, a sister and three brothers as beneficiaries earlier than additionally together with Mrs. Reinhart within the court papers. His lawyer included on the checklist Erick Von Reinhart, 50, who pleaded guilty in an unrelated crime to fatally stabbing his personal ex-spouse’s new boyfriend – only one week after their divorce – then making an attempt to take his personal life with a big kitchen knife.
Erick Reinhart is serving a 40-yr homicide sentence in a Florida jail and might be launched as early as July 2053. A choose denied his newest attraction in his felony case lower than two weeks in the past.
Reached at dwelling by telephone, Konrad Reinhart declined to focus on the matter and twice hung up on a reporter. “If you call this number again it’s going to be a big problem,” he stated. “Stop calling me.”
Through his lawyer, Konrad Reinhart requested to be formally appointed the property’s consultant, saying “no person has equal or higher preference” to be put in cost of distributing his brother’s remaining wealth.
Citing no particular proof besides her “information and belief,” Mrs. Reinhart’s attorneys advised the choose that Konrad Reinhart started receiving unspecified property from his brother shortly earlier than the killings or consequently of Reinhart’s suicide.
“He knew or should have known of the decedent’s state of mind, including that the decedent might hurt himself or others, which is exactly what happened,” her attorneys wrote.
They stated Konrad Reinhart needs to be compelled to return no matter property he already has acquired, and requested the choose to block him from being appointed the property’s consultant.
Konrad Reinhart’s lawyer, Richard Withers, declined to focus on the case.
The probate case was reassigned final week to Circuit Judge Gloria R. Walker.
Mrs. Reinhart was within the course of of promoting the house in Gainesville the place her estranged husband had been residing together with his sons on the time of their deaths, in accordance to actual property information. A sale on the $1.8 million dwelling, the place property information cite her as the only authorized proprietor, was listed as pending.
It was not clear whether or not any income from that sale might be disputed within the court struggle with Reinhart’s siblings. The property deed and a $900,000 30-yr mortgage borrowed in 2008 beforehand listed each Paul and Minde Reinhart’s names, however Reinhart’s title was eliminated as proprietor after his demise, in accordance to county information.
This story was produced by Fresh Take Florida, a information service of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. The reporters may be reached at [email protected] and [email protected]