Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Atlantic City Radio: Husband Of Slain Talk Show Host In Custody

Victim April Kauffman
In a dramatic development in a long unsolved case,  the endocrinologist husband of slain WOND radio host April Kauffman was taken into custody Tuesday morning after he brandished a weapon as FBI and local law enforcement converged on his home and offices, authorities said.

According to, James Kauffman surrendered to authorities after a standoff and with the participation of a hostage negotiator, said a spokeswoman for Atlantic County prosecutor Damon Tyner, a newly appointed prosecutor who has revived the investigation of what seemed like a murder that might go unsolved.

Tyner went to court last month seeking permission to obtain a DNA sample from James Kauffman, who has remarried since the May 2012 murder inside the home he shared with his slain wife in affluent Linwood, a suburb of Atlantic City.

Tyner told reporters at the scene early Tuesday morning that the raids were not connected to the murder of Kauffman, but that the investigation into the murder was continuing. He said Kauffman was taken to a Psychiatric Intervention Program for monitoring after the 45 minute standoff.

NBC10 shot video of Kauffman, dressed in khaki medical scrubs, being taken into custody outside his office.

Kauffman was a well-known radio host and advocate for veterans causes whose death elicited sympathy from veterans, politicians, radio hosts, and friends. The murder shocked the Linwood neighborhood, but while police told the community they did not have to fear for their safety, no arrest was ever made.

Her daughter, Kimberly Pack, has sued her stepfather in civil court alleging that he was responsible for her mother’s murder.

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