Texas Vernon’s Civil Statutes
Sec. § 7.08
Person Causing Death of Member or Beneficiary


(a)

A benefit payable on the death of a member or beneficiary may not be paid to a person convicted of causing that death, but instead a benefit is payable as provided by Subsection (c) of this section to a person who would be entitled to the benefit had the convicted person predeceased the decedent. If no person would be entitled to the benefit, the benefit is payable to the decedents estate.

(b)

The fund is not required to pay a benefit under Subsection (a) of this section unless it receives actual notice of the conviction of the person who would have been entitled to the benefits. However, the fund may delay payment of a benefit payable on the death of a member pending the results of a criminal investigation and of legal proceedings relating to the cause of death.

(c)

The benefit payable under Subsection (a) of this section is a refund of the members accumulated contributions and interest, reduced by any annuity payments that may have been made as a result of the members retirement.

(d)

For the purposes of this section, a person has been convicted of causing the death of a member or beneficiary if the person:

(1)

has pleaded guilty or nolo contendere to or has been found guilty by a court of an offense at the trial of which it is established that the persons intentional, knowing, or reckless act or omission resulted in the death of the person who was the member or beneficiary, regardless of whether sentence is imposed or probated; and

(2)

has no appeal of the conviction pending and the time provided for appeal has expired.
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