Friday, December 26, 2014

Alienation defendant: Precious had "no affections to lose"

The fight over who should receive $500,000 from a Precious Martin life insurance policy continued in court this week in State Farm v. Crystal Martin and Brandi Barnett. Ms. Barnett charged that the deceased attorney had numerous affairs when he was alive in an answer to a cross-claim filed by Crystal Martin. The saga began when State Farm filed a complaint for interpleader and asked the court to decide the proper beneficiary for the policy. The life insurance policy named Ms. Barnett as the beneficiary although Precious Martin was married to Crystal at the time of death.

Mrs. Martin included a lawsuit seeking damages against Brandi Barnett for alienation of affection in a cross-claim filed against Ms. Barnett. Mrs. Martin charged in her lawsuit:

In January of 2014, Crystal Wise Martin became aware that Brandi Barnett, the bookkeeper at Precious Martin, Sr. & Associates Law Firm, the place of employment of Precious Martin and Crystal Martin, had seduced and continued to recklessly engage in certain solicitous conduct and activities with Precious Martin. Unbeknownst to Crystal Martin, Brandi Barnett resided in Hinds County, Mississippi in a home owned by a Limited Liability Company in which Precious Martin was the sole member and provided to Barnett by Precious Martin. At the time of said solicitous conduct by Barnett, Precious and Crystal Martin resided together with their children in Madison County, Mississippi.

5. On May 11, 2014, Precious Martin tragically died in an ATV accident while riding in his Madison County, Mississippi neighborhood. Subsequent to Mr. Martin’s death, Crystal Martin learned that the application for the State Farm Premium Term Life Insurance Policy purchased by Precious Martin named Brandi Barnett as the primary beneficiary.

6. The home provided to Barnett by Martin as well as the naming of Barnett as the beneficiary of Martin’s State Farm Life Insurance policy are the results of Barnett’s actions in seducing Precious Martin and engaging in and encouraging a continuing elicit relationship between Barnett and Precious Martin for the purposes of receiving material benefits from Precious Martin. Barnett seduced Precious Martin and encouraged and pursued a continuing sexual relationship with Precious Martin for the purpose of unduly influencing Precious Martin to provide material benefits to Brandi Barnett that should have been given to Crystal Wise Martin and her children, including but not limited to exerting undue influence on Precious Martin to name Brandi Barnett as the beneficiary in his application for Precious Martin’s State Farm Life Insurance Policy.

However, Ms. Barnett is having none of it and had a few things to say in her response to the cross-claim:
Defendant Martin and Precious Martin did not have any affections to lose when Defendant Barnett first met Precious Martin.

Defendant Barnett did not seduce Precious Martin. However, Precious Martin did seduce numerous other women that he had adulterous affairs with over an eight year period prior to his death.

Defendant Martin consented to Precious Martin engaging in numerous adulterous affairs as long as Precious Martin did not divorce her.

Defendant Martin failed to reasonably attempt to mitigate her damages by not taking any legal action to prevent any alleged alienation of affection until long after Precious Martin died....
Attorney Nick Norris represents Ms. Barnett.  Mrs. Martin is represented by Chuck McRae. Apparently the dead hand of Precious Martin is still very much alive. 

Kingfish note: What is interesting is Ms. Barnett may win her claim and obtain the $500,000 - only to lose it in the alienation lawsuit.  Stay tuned.

Earlier post with copy of complaint.


Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure that's the point of this whole thing, to set up the alienation claim. I'm sure they know winning the beneficiary issue with State Farm is an uphill climb

Anonymous said...

there is some degree of litigable issue on the beneficiary issue, or the Court shouldn't have granted interpleader relief to SF. If I remember correctly, once interplead funds are accepted by the Court, the party seeking the relief is given "reasonable attorney fees and costs" and released.

Anonymous said...

As a pillar of the community, I'm sure precious would want them to do the right thing; agree to disagree, and donate the money to stewpot.

Anonymous said...

Eight years! How did all those women do that? Pre surgery affairs? Really? There must be some hungry Hoes out there.

Anonymous said...

How does this case get to court so fast and dangerous others are out on bail committing crimes. Is it because we have plenty of Chancery (?) Judges and few Criminal ones?

Kingfish said...

1. Its in Federal Court.

2. It has not yet gone to court. All that has taken place is a bunch of filing.

Anonymous said...

Are we to assume there is no other Life Insurance policy? These folks made millions from law cases. Why this demeaning and embarrassing fight over 500k?

Anonymous said...

What about that 2 million she wanted from St Andrews? Is that case pending too? So much dirty laundry out there now and it's looks to get worse.

Anonymous said...

Federal court has deadlines. But this case is in front of Wingate. The litigants will all be dead before there is a decision.

Anonymous said...

bottom feeders all...

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

"Now I ain't sayin' she a gold digger ....."

Anonymous said...

When I set up a life insurance account the company I used (not the company involved in this mess) insisted my spouse be the primary beneficiary and would only make an exception if they received a notarized letter from my spouse allowing someone else to be named. Maybe that is standard industry policy.

Anonymous said...

Ok...where does the child's heir status come into play?

Policy Proceeds said...

What's up with the censorship, Fish. Go ahead and tell us what, in your opinion, leads to your conclusion that the wife might prevail in claiming the policy proceeds? Either shit or get off the pot. Or maybe retract that idiotic opinion.

Kingfish said...

Well, when you are clearly slandering parties, the comment will not be approved.

I did not conclude the wife would win in claiming the policy proceeds. Show where I did so. I think Ms. Barnett will prevail on that claim, as I have already stated. But you know that already.

Policy Proceeds said...

I didn't slander any party. I merely asked you to defend a suggestion I thought you had made. As you say, 'show where I did'.

If you actually graduated law school then surely you see most every thread on your site, including this one, peppered with slander.

Anonymous said...

Of course Mrs. Barnett will 'prevail'. How brilliant of you. The only way for her not to prevail would be for it to be revealed that she forged his signature on the policy or somehow coerced him.

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