NBC10 Philadelphia -Ted Greenberg
Murdered New Jersey radio host April Kauffman was laid to rest Monday. A local radio station honored Kauffman by replaying her final broadcast. Also on Monday criminal defense lawyer Ed Jacobs confirmed to NBC10's Ted Greenberg that April's husband retained him one day after the murder.
Dr. James Kauffman professed his love for his late wife, April Kauffman, at her funeral this morning. The New Jersey radio host was shot multiple times last week. Her body was found in a bedroom of the couple's Linwood home.
According to NBC10 reporter Ted Greenberg, Dr. Kauffman was very emotional as he read the following from a prepared speech:
"I love and miss you so much. I don't know what to do without you. I hope to be with you soon. Love, Jim."
"It's just astounding," said Dr. Laura Bonaker who attended the funeral. "I can't believe he was even able to stand up. It's just such a terrible tragedy."
April Kauffman's body was found around 11 a.m. last Thursday by a handyman who worked regularly at the couple's home. Atlantic County prosecutor Ted Housel said Kauffman could have been shot up to 12 hours before her body was discovered.
Housel and Linwood Police Chief Robert James tried to reassure people in the community on Friday, saying they did not think Kauffman's killing was random.
"I don't think the citizens of Linwood should be running around panicked," Housel said.
The medical examiner performed Kauffman's autopsy on Friday. Housel said he is not ready to release the details of that autopsy.
No one has been arrested in April Kauffman's death or publicly named a suspect or person of interest.
Criminal defense lawyer Ed Jacobs confirmed that Dr. Kauffman retained him a day after the murder. Jacobs said Kauffman has told investigators everything he knows. He also claims his client has fully cooperated with the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office and will continue to do so.
When NBC10 asked why Kauffman retained him, Jacobs said that people in similar situations hire lawyers to guard against unfounded accusations and to make sure investigations are handled properly.