Murder Victim's Children Fight Accused Killer, Stepfather over Estate

Murder Victim's Children Fight Accused Killer, Stepfather over Estate

A Memphis woman is dead and her husband is locked up for her murder, but that doesn't keep him from raiding their bank accounts.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - A Memphis woman is dead and her husband is locked up accused of murdering her, but that doesn't keep him from raiding their bank accounts.

Patrick Spencer is charged with second degree murder. He's accused of shooting his wife, Lisa Spencer, two weeks ago.

The house where she was killed is in her husband's name. Her bank accounts are in both their names. Her children from her previous marriage feel hopeless and say they don't have money to fight for her assets.

"I didn't know what to do," said Lisa Spencer's oldest child, Jacqueline Davenport, as she wiped her tears. "So I got on the first flight to get out here."

Davenport came from California after hearing about her mother's death.

"She didn't deserve to be killed, not over insurance, if that's what you're claiming," she said.

According to police, Lisa and her second husband, Patrick Spencer, were arguing early Saturday morning, June 22, at their home in the 800-block of Sumter. Police say during the argument she was shot in the chest. She died before paramedics arrived.

"There were 9 squad cars and 2 ambulances," said neighbor John Avent.

The couple was married for about a year and half. Family and neighbors never saw any signs of trouble.

"Shocked everybody, didn't see it coming," said Avent.

The 49-year-old mother never had a will.

"This is another good reason why you should have a will," said divorce attorney Miles Mason.

Mason says just because someone is in jail, doesn't mean they're stripped from their property rights. Mason says getting an attorney is the best way to go.

"A probate lawyer and possibly get a probate estate, and from that get court orders to take certain possessions of assets in order to preserve them," said Miles.

But it's not going to come cheap. It's something the family is trying to figure out.

"It's been mentally and physically exhausting trying to take care of that and grieve at the same time," said Davenport.

Miles suggested checking with a community legal center to find an affordable attorney.

Local 24 News tried reaching out to Patrick Spencer's family but no one was available. He remains in jail on a $500,000 bond and is expected to be in court Wednesday, July 3.
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