EL PASO, TEXAS (AP) - A Texas judge says the will actor Sherman Hemsley signed before he died is valid.
Judge Patricia B. Chew said Friday after testimony ended that there was no evidence Hemsley was under duress when he signed a will that gave longtime friend Flora Enchinton Bernal absolute power over his properties.
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Davis asked why Julian Horwitz did not consult with a physician about any medication that may have impaired the actor’s judgment. He also questioned why Horwitz took instructions from Laura Enchinton, Hemsley’s longtime friend and sole beneficiary of the will.
“He said he wanted all of his possessions, whatever they were, to pass to Ms. (Enchinton) Bernal,” Horwitz said Friday. “At no point did I ever suspect he lacked capacity, based on my 50 years of experience as a lawyer.”
Court documents indicate Hemsley’s estate is worth more than $50,000. His refrigerated remains are at an El Paso funeral home.
“I asked about family in Philadelphia, about wanting to go back,” Almonte said, recalling one of their conversations. “He said no. He said Flora was his family.”
Others who testified Friday, including the witnesses to the will being signed, said Hemsley had full use of his faculties when he signed the will.
Heinz-Ulrich Landeck, a nurse at the hospital where Hemsley was being treated, said “he was always an oriented person of the time and place and who he was.”
She said Hemsley visited the nursing station once and “talked about his career, he mentioned (Enchinton) was his manager.”