Husband of slain radio host makes appearance in weapons case

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Husband of slain radio host makes appearance in weapons case. Nora Muchanic reports during Action News at 6 p.m. on June 14, 2017. (WPVI)

Dr. James Kauffman was brought in to a Mays landing court room in handcuffs for a first appearance on weapons and obstruction of justice charges Wednesday.

They were filed against him after he pulled out a gun as the FBI and other agencies executed a search warrant at his Egg Harbor Township medical office Tuesday morning.

Kauffman is the former husband of murdered radio host April Kauffman, who was found shot to death in their Linwood home in 2012.


Kauffman's lawyer wanted it sooner, but a judge ordered a detention hearing to determine if the doctor will remain behind bars to be held Monday.

Atlantic Co. Prosecutor Damon Tyner said, "We believe that he is a danger to himself and others and as a result of that we will in fact be moving to detain him, Dr. James Kauffman, pending trial."

Ed Jacobs, Kauffman's Attorney said, "He's very upset. He thinks he's being unfairly accused of things, unfairly investigated and everyone has a breaking point and unfortunately that's what happened."

Jacobs said ten search warrants have been executed at Kauffman's home and office since April Kauffman's murder.

He says he has no idea what the FBI was looking for Tuesday.

Authorities will only say it's part of a wide-ranging investigation not related to April Kauffman's death. Dr. Kaufman's current wife Carole Weintraub was in court, but declined comment.

April Kauffman's friend Lee Darby said, "He looks great in orange. I'm happy that we are safe for another weekend."

We checked and Kauffman's endocrinology office was locked up Wednesday. His Linwood Neighborhood - teeming with police Tuesday is now quiet.

Kathy Schlemo of Linwood, NJ said, "Whoever it is, and everybody has their suspicions but want them to find out who it is, and put everything to rest."

Dr. Kauffman's detention hearing is set for Monday morning at 9 a.m.
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