A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed against a doctor whose wife was found dead the same day he was arrested on other charges.
The suit claims Doctor Adam Frasch assaulted his wife before she was found dead in the couple's pool.
Videos of the Adam and Samira Frasch's children paint a picture of a happy family.
But based on the new wrongful death lawsuit filed against Adam, it was far from the truth.
In February, Samira's body was discovered in the couple's pool in the upscale Golden Eagle neighborhood.
Investigators have ruled it a murder, but no one has been charged.
The lawsuit claims Adam beat Samira on the head and face before her death and put her in the swimming pool to conceal that crime.
Adam is currently in jail accused of violating his pre-trial release conditions in the child custody case against him.
The lawsuit also shows the couple was in the midst of a divorce because of Adam's physical and mental abuse of his wife including adultery and excessive gambling causing the couple to lose money.
The suit also claims Frasch's father Alvin, without legal authority, took Samira's belongings after her death and sold them through an auction.
The suit says 12 motorcycles the couple owned are also up for auction.
The suit's exhibits filed with the court also include Adam's divorce papers from a previous wife.
Those papers say that ex-wife presented evidence of Adam's loss of hospital priveleges, domestic violence and various other matters that divorce record says might be indicators of Adam's mental instability and mental illness.
Attorney Steven Andrews filed the suit on behalf of Samira's estate.
He declined comment.
Adam Frasch's attorney John Leace was unavailable for comment.
By Julie Montanaro
May 29, 2014
A judge has ordered Adam Frasch to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and delayed his trial, which was scheduled to start on Monday.
Frasch's attorney John Lease contends it is a delay tactic the state is using to try to keep Frasch behind bars.
"The case is being delayed because they're trying to buy more time for the Sheriffs Department to continue with their ongoing homicide investigation," Leace said afterward.
Prosecutor John Hutchins denies that, saying Frasch's own lawyer raised questions about Frasch's competency in a divorce court hearing on April 16th.
"Was this a delay tactic?"
"Absolutely not," Hutchins said. "We cannot proceed against a defendant if there's an issue regarding his competency. If we were to go forward on this trial next week and we were to convict him, it would be an automatic reversal because there is this issue hanging out there."
Yet Frasch's attorney says the comments came before the results of that first mental health evaluation, results which he says found Frasch competent to proceed.
"It's extremely unusual for the prosecution to ask for the defendant to be found incompetent or have his competency evaluated. No one can remember this ever happening before," Leace said.
Frasch is scheduled to be back in front of the judge on June 12th.
We'll tell you what happens then.
By Julie Montanaro
May 27, 2014
A Thomasville podiatrist - whose wife was found dead in the family pool - will go before a judge Thursday and could go on trial next week to face child custody charges.
The trial date could hinge on the results of a court-ordered mental health evaluation.
Adam Frasch is accused of taking his two young daughters to Panama City in violation of a court order in his divorce case.
Prosecutors say they asked for the mental health evaluation after comments about Frasch's competency in civil court, but a motion filed by the defense attorney contends they did it to delay Frasch's trial.
Frasch has been charged with interference with child custody.
He has not been charged in connection with the death of his wife Samira. She was found dead in her Golden Eagle pool in February.
By Julie Montanaro
May 7, 2014
A Thomasville podiatrist whose wife was found dead in their backyard pool in Golden Eagle is now asking a judge to drop child custody charges against him.
Adam Frasch was arrested in February and accused of taking his two daughters in violation of a court order giving his wife Samira sole custody of the girls.
He is now asking the court to drop the charges, saying his wife gave him permission to take the girls to the family beach house that day and there is no evidence to prove otherwise.
The motion filed by Adam Frasch's attorney, John Leace, echoed comments he made soon after the arrest.
"Its fairly typical in cases where there is a court order for parents to make agreements among themselves without going back to court," Leace said in that February interview, "and essentially they had mutually agreed that he would take the children for the day to Panama City."
There is no date set yet for a hearing on the motion to dismiss the interference with child custody charges.
Samira Frasch's death has been ruled a homicide, but no one has been charged in her death.