Prosecutors: Henthorn made claim to wife’s $4.5M life insurance policy after she died

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DENVER — A man facing first-degree murder charges in the death of his second wife made a claim to her $4.5 million a day and a half after she fell to her death at Rocky Mountain National Park, prosecutors have said.

Harold Henthorn is accused of killing his second wife, Toni. She died after falling 140 feet on Deer Mountain in 2012.

Henthron, 58, was indicted on Nov. 6 on a charge of first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing his wife, although details in the case have not yet been made public.

He has pleaded not guilty.

According to an order of detention, “within a day and a half of Toni Henthorn’s death, the defendant had caused a claim to be made against one of the three life insurance policies in effect.”

Henthorn said that “he personally had not caused any claims to be made on any of the insurance policies and had, instead, requested that the insurance companies not pay any benefits until the investigation into his wife’s death was complete,” the document said.

It goes on to describe Henthorn’s wealth saying he has had no job or income in the last 15 years but has access to about $1.5 million in liquid assets in bank accounts and investment accounts.

The wealth was one reason why Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya ordered him to be held without bond.

Other court documents show federal investigators conducted electronic and photographic surveillance of Henthorn’s Highlands Ranch home.

Meanwhile, authorities in Douglas County say they have reopened their investigation into the death of Henthorn’s first wife, who was crushed by a car and killed in 1995.

Sandra Henthorn was changing a tire on Colorado 67 near Sedalia when the car slipped off the jack and crushed her.

She also had a life insurance policy that was worth roughly $500,000.

Prosecutors have noted similarities between the deaths of the two women including the fact that they both died in remote areas with not witnesses and both had life insurance policies.

If convicted, Henthorn would face mandatory life in prison and possibly the death penalty.

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