Ruling sought on death benefit for Paula Sims’ ex, son

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An insurance company is asking a southern Illinois judge to decide who should inherit the $50,000 death benefit of the son and ex-husband of an Illinois woman convicted in the deaths of her two baby daughters. Paula Sims is serving a life sentence in a northern Illinois prison. She was convicted in 1990 of first-degree murder for one daughter’s death, and later pleaded guilty to charges in the death of the other daughter. Sims’ ex-husband, Robert, and son, Randall, died in June when their Jeep flipped over the railing of an Interstate 55 overpass in Mississippi. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the decision by a judge would clarify how their death benefit money will be divided. Paula Sims has filed an affidavit saying she wants everything from her son’s estate given to her ex-husband’s wife.