A year after a fallen hero was shot in the line of duty and then died from his injuries, his loved ones are in court feuding over who should benefit from his estate. We spoke to an attorney who agreed the case is messy.
FMPD Officer Adam Jobbers-Miller died from injuries he endured in the line of duty a year ago this past weekend.
Jobbers-Miller was raised by his virtual adoptive parents, and he also has a half-brother and half-sister.
His virtually adoptive parents and his siblings are taking their disagreements to Lee County court Monday over who should be in charge of his estate.
“It gets messy because the Miller’s never went through an adoption proceeding to where a judge determined, ‘Yes. Yes you are the parents,’” Attorney Joan Henry explained. “That was never determined by a court of law.”
The disagreement over his estate involves the officer’s property and pension.
Additionally, more than $100,000 was donated online in the days following the officer’s death. Fort Myers Police Department confirmed the money went to the Miller family. But Jobbers-Miller’s half siblings argue they should be in charge of his estate, including the donated money.
“They will need to determine whether that asset is an estate asset,” Henry said. “If you don’t have a will dictating where your assets are going to go, the state decides. And as we can see in this case, it may not always be that clean, simple and easy.”
Jobbers-Miller’s fiance and her son are not included in this family struggle
We went to the courtroom to learn more about the case, but the judge agreed to close of courtroom from the public. However, the judge told us the Monday hearing was only held to figure out the Miller’s personal representative. That’s why the judge agreed to maintain privacy for the interested parties.
If the issue of public findings is discussed, the judge will have no issues opening the courtroom to the public.