The husband of a New Jersey radio host killed five years ago in an unsolved murder case was arrested Tuesday after brandishing a handgun while authorities were executing search warrants on his home and office.
Dr. James Kauffman was finally persuaded by a hostage negotiator to surrender at his Egg Harbor Township office after displaying the 9-mm. handgun.
“We were able to talk him off the ledge,” Atlantic County prosecutor Damon Tyner said during a press conference. “He was taken to a psychiatric program. He is under arrest as we continue to investigate the charges that were filed against him in connection with possession of a weapon.”
The endocrinologist was charged with unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, possession of hollow point bullets and obstruction of the administration of law.
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The search warrants were issued as investigators probe “all leads pertaining to suspected criminal activity, according to the prosecutor’s office.
April Kauffman was found dead inside her bedroom in their Linwood home on May 10, 2012. No one has ever been charged, but the prosecutor’s office would not provide a letter to her life insurer saying James Kauffman wasn’t considered a suspect.
Tyner told the Philadelphia Inquirer that they are hoping to get a lot of answers “that we currently don’t have now.” However, he also told the newspaper that the warrant for the home, where April Kauffman was killed, was based on “matters unrelated” to her death.
Tyner asked for a DNA sample from James Kauffman last month, according to the Inquirer.
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“Every day that goes on we are getting closer to solving the homicide of April Kauffman,” Tyner told the newspaper. “It has become a very long winded, you might say, investigation, a very thorough investigation. We’re hoping one day we’ll be able to give her family the closure they deserve.”
April Kauffman’s daughter Kim Pack told the Press of Atlantic City that she heard about the DNA motion on the news.
“It was surreal to hear him; to have an authoritative figure say the case is still open and still active,” she told the newspaper. “I think this was what I was waiting to hear for all these years.”
James Kauffman has remarried and has a child with his new wife, according to the Inquirer.
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