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Hearing delayed on murdered man’s wills

New evidence has prompted a new hearing date on the contradictory wills of murder victim Danny Williams.

First set for Wednesday and now scheduled for March 21, the hearing is to decide which of two wills are authentic and whether Williams’ girlfriend or his mother should inherit the San Juan Ridge man’s estate.

The documents are dated Aug. 10, 2000, and Aug. 19, 2000. The first – typed, with a signature at the bottom and a notary stamp – bequeaths everything to Williams’ girlfriend, Diana J. Gibbs.

The second – entirely handwritten, with witness signatures – gives everything to his mother, Flo Williams of Cottonwood in Shasta County.

Each side has called the other’s document a fraud.

Now Gibbs’ lawyer, Thomas Hastert, says the typed will dated Aug. 10 wasn’t signed by the victim until Aug. 20, according to Nevada City lawyer Paul Manka, who represents Flo Williams.

“This was a new factual wrinkle that was totally unexpected that needed to be reviewed,” Manka said.

A call to Hastert’s office Wednesday wasn’t returned.

The hearing in Nevada County Superior Court also was delayed so Manka could get papers with Williams’ handwriting for his expert witness to analyze.

Such writing samples “are not out there because he wasn’t much of a writer,” Manka said.

Williams, 51, was shot once in the back of his head Oct. 2 as he worked on a car in his Pleasant Valley Road garage. Gibbs, who lived with him, reported finding him dead after returning from a friend’s house.

The case has gone unsolved as Gibbs and Flo Williams have feuded over the victim’s belongings, which include motorcycles, vehicles and a gun collection.

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