COTTRILL ESTATE BATTLE HEADS FOR CIRCUIT COURT IN 2016
After looking hard at all of these facts and studying the accounting, just days ago, I called the Cottrill Estate Executor Mike Murphy to ask him some questions about why he is making his appeal, and his answer was that he was trying to pursue getting the estate closed.
I asked him did he have a comment pertaining to the fact the final accounting was disapproved. And disapproved was the exact word I used in my query of Murphy. Mike Murphy said that the Cottrill Estate Accounting WAS approved, and that I should confirm that with Jean Butcher the Gilmer County Commission Clerk. Mike Murphy informed me that Jean Butcher had issued some order, and that the accounting had been approved.
I informed Mike Murphy that I was the reporter that had written all the Cottrill Estate articles in the GFP going back four years, and further, that when anyone wanted facts about that case, usually they asked me about it. I then asked him if he had read Linda Huffs report to the commission, and he never really answered that question, but he did structure a rather long, meaningless retort using rhetoric that made absolutely no sense. I had to laugh a little at his answer for it seemed he was still sticking to his story that nothing was wrong and that it had always been in the plans that the accounting would be approved, and in his opinion it was approved, and that it was a matter of natural, normal procedure, and that if I were to call Jean Butcher at the courthouse, and I would find that all to be true just like he said.
My interview with Mike Murphy soon ended because he was answering my questions by talking in circles using a bunch of useless words that meant nothing, which I found quite frustrating.
Soon, I had Jean Butcher on the phone. Jean Butcher flatly denied ALL statements made by Mike Murphy and reported to me, the answer I knew to be true, for I watched the video of the Gilmer County Commission meeting where the final settlement was rejected due to discrepancies of a major concern pointed out by the special fiduciary commissioner Linda Huff.
I then called Karen Elkin Gilmer County Circuit Clerk to get a copy of 15C-33 and in Mike Murphy’s own words he states the reason for his appeal to the commission was due to the “REJECTED SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE,” and those were in his own words. Therefore, Murphy knew he was being untruthful.
By Editor Edison: CalPatty Press Editor for Revenge of the Ghost Wolf
We are less than two weeks into 2016 and several Cottrill Estate Issues are on the Circuit Court Docket this year. Monday January 11th Michael Murphy the executor of the Cottrill Estate has a status hearing on his appeal of the rejected final settlement involving the Cottrill Estate. The Docket number is 15C-33. There is also another docket number still on the books for Mike Murphy which is 15C-20, in which Judge Alsop took action by writing a letter to the County Commission requesting that they finish up the final accounting after five years of languishing in the courts.
In a recent GFP article, it was mentioned that Larry Chapman got Linda Huff to serve as fiduciary commissioner, so that was a very positive action, which resulted in a job well done. But, also, it is important to…
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