Big Country attorney accused of forgery spent $1 million of inherited estate

SAN ANGELO, Texas (KSAN/KLST) - This week jury members are hearing more on how a Big Country defense attorney on trial for forgery spent over a million dollars.

On Wednesday, Michael Deadman the temporary administrator of John Sullivan's estate testified that a court order was signed January 2015 when defendant John Young was ordered to turn over all assets.

Jury members learned that young spent over 1 million dollars in personal expenditures after a probate hearing gained him access to Sullivan's 8 million dollar estate in June of 2014.

Debt payments, bank notes and the purchase of a new BMW were a few transactions made just months after he inherited the estate.

A lot of questions about Sullivan's debts were brought up in court.

Prosecutors attempted to lay out the financial responsibilities of Sullivan's estate, a duty that the state says was overlooked by young when swearing to a non debt agreement.

Texas department of public safety handwriting expert Sarah Pryor concluded her testimony Wednesday saying there are handwriting similarity traits that connect co defendant Ray Zapata to the handwritten will.

Her testimony was followed by the testimony of San Angelo criminal defense attorney Joe Hernandez.

Hernandez testified to telling Young about Sullivan's half sister and it was after the probate hearing that Hernandez learned Young was the executor of the estate.

That's when he said he contacted Texas Ranger Nick Hanna, because he knew Sullivan would not have left his estate to a lawyer.

The missal or book that the handwritten will was cut out of was admitted into evidence by Young's defense attorney.

 

 

Article from ConchoValleyHomepage.com


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