Lawsuit Offers Insight into Unsolved Murder Case | News
LAS VEGAS -- A lawsuit filed by an insurance company has offered unique insight into an unsolved murder. Nearly a year ago, American General Life Insurance Company filed a lawsuit against a professional boxer, claiming he fraudulently benefited from a $1.75 million policy on a murder victim's life.
In November of 2010, 23-year-old Josh Dufort's body was found by a jogger just north of the upscale Anthem neighborhood in Henderson. He was beaten and strangled. The coroner ruled he died from blunt force trauma. A year and a half later, no one has been arrested and the case has seemingly stalled.
Seven months after Dufort's death, American General sued Don Juan Futrell. Allegations are now flying that the insurance company is trying to solve the murder case by linking Futrell to Dufort's death.
Dufort moved to Las Vegas in 2007 with plans to become an actor. His mother says he got work as a stand-in and also appeared in some commercials. In April of 2010, the lawsuit alleges Dufort took out a life insurance policy for $1.75 million, naming Futrell as the primary beneficiary. The lawsuit says the pair both took out policies and named each other as the beneficiaries because they were starting a T-shirt business together. Seven months later, Dufort was dead.
American General sued Futrell, alleging the insurance applications had false information, including Dufort's alleged $180,000 salary and that the pair were domestic partners. The company returned his premiums, declined to award the money, and claim Futrell has attempted to defraud them.
But the lawsuit has offered public insight into the investigation of a homicide case. According to an affidavit signed by Henderson Police Detective Mark Hosaka, Futrell is the "prime suspect" in Dufort's murder.
The filings also revealed information not known before. On the night Dufort died, police say he left a frantic voice mail just before he was killed. According to court documents, that call was placed to Futrell. Police also carried out a search warrant at Futrell's home, seizing Futrell's cell phone and two computers, among other items.
For their part, American General's lawyers seem to be playing the part of police investigator. In an early filing, attorney's asked Futrell to produce evidence that he was the domestic partner and "life friend" of Dufort. They also asked for cell phone records, pay stubs, the income of the T-shirt business, and any documentary evidence that would establish Futrell's location on the night Dufort was murdered.
The company openly states that they believe Futrell had no legal reason to collect on Dufort's insurance policy.
While Futrell has asked for a jury trial, the case is nowhere close to being settled. Nearly two years after Josh Dufort was murdered, no charges have been filed an no arrests have been made.