|By Andy Furillo, The Sacramento Bee|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Five days earlier, O'Brien, with bad kidneys and restricted aortic blood flow, suffered a fall that put him in the hospital, according to testimony contained in the court file. Two days earlier, he had given his power of attorney to Pawlowski, to modify his estate plan.
What happened next remains a matter of debate: Pawlowski and Rosenfeld would later testify that, immediately after getting the call, they left the restaurant on
That new will -- in just 50 words -- left everything to Pawlowski, except for
O'Brien was right. He did die, within minutes of Rosenfeld's visit on that March evening.
Three years and two trials later, the will remains the subject of a fierce probate fight in
According to his testimony in the case, Heard had visited O'Brien in the hospital two days before his death. He told the court that Rosenfeld had referred him to Pawlowski, and that Pawlowski asked him to evaluate O'Brien's mental state, a process known as a "testamentary competency evaluation." He said he found O'Brien "really incoherent" during the visit, and unable to submit to the exam.
Heard, 63, never recovered from the injuries he sustained in the
Law enforcement officials are waiting for the results of both probes. Meanwhile, intrigue builds around the case that once again is in
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