Jury selection starts in Astor trial

March 29, 2009 9:00:00 PM PDT
Jury selection has begun in New York City for the trial of Anthony Marshall. He's accused of looting the $198 million estate of his mother, the late philanthropist Brooke Astor. The selection began Monday. More than 100 prospective jurors were summoned to the Manhattan Criminal Courts Building, where the trial will take place.

Justice A. Kirke Bartley estimates it may take two months for the trial of Marshall, who's 84, and 66-year-old co-defendant Francis Morrissey. The judge has said he must first find out who can serve on a jury that long.

Morrissey, who's a lawyer, is accused of altering Astor's will so that Marshall would get money meant for charities.

Astor died in August 2007 at age 105.


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