Doctor accused of wife's killing dies in jail

Doctor accused of wife's killing dies in jail”

James Kauffman, 69, had vowed suicide back in June, shouting "I'm going to kill myself" and brandishing a 9mm Ruger as cops took him into custody at his Egg Harbor, NJ, offices. Earlier this month, he was charged with murder and racketeering in what prosecutors described as a murder-for-hire hit on his wife, April Kauffman, who was shot to death in the couple's Linwood home on May 10, 2012.

On camera after his surrender, a composed Kauffman is surrounded by officers, members of the Prosecutor's Office and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Kauffman, was charged with her brutal murder, along Pagans Motorcycle Club member Ferdinand "Miserable" Augello.

"I know you're a doctor, but we have certain things we have to follow", he is told after objecting to being handcuffed because of "shoulder issues", to not having access to his phone, and to being taken to the hospital.

An officer told him an ambulance was on its way and that it's "just procedure" to make sure he's OK.

After being arrested, Kauffman and another officer talk, and Kauffman says, "Now what happens?" April found out about it, they said. "My whole life is on that", Kauffman said.

"Will I get my vehicle back?"

"No, I mean, like, today?"

"We'll see how it goes", he's told. Kauffman has since been moved to the jail in Hudson County. Toward the end of the video, Kauffman can be seen and heard talking with officers while under arrest, giving them directions to the keys to various safes (located in what he calls "the gun room"). "I don't believe it", he said, standing in the entrance of his office.

April Kauffman was found shot and killed in her Linwood home in 2012 but it took almost six years for her husband, an endocrinologist, to be charged with murder.

He was stripped of his medical license shortly after a Superior Court judge ruled on June 19 that Kauffman would stay behind bars until he could be tried on the weapons charges stemming from the standoff. The full video was posted Tuesday afternoon.

Along with being charged in the killing, Kauffman and Augello were charged along with six others in the drug scheme, for which Kauffman allegedly wrote oxycodone scripts to Pagan members and others sent by Augello to Kauffman's medical practice.

The drug enterprise, meanwhile, continued for years after the killing, until James Kauffman's June arrest.

Cornered by charges that he sold bogus painkiller prescriptions for thousands of dollars, and by still more serious charges that he paid $20,000 for his wife's murder, the silver-haired doctor carefully planned his jail-cell death, sources said.

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