Case Against John Sullivan's Lawyer Goes to Trial October 16
SAN ANGELO, TX-- The former attorney for the late John Sullivan had a motion to delay his trial denied on Monday.
John Young, who became the sole beneficiary of Sullivan's estate after Ray Zapata forged Sullivan's will, will still face a jury on October 16.
Judge Brock Jones, of the 119th District Court, decided to move ahead with the scheduled trial date, but also noted he was willing to be flexible if the circumstance was fitting.
Young is accused of collaborating with Zapata in the forging of Sullivan's estate, which was estimated to be worth $8.2 million. During Zapata's forgery trial, evidence was presented that Young had spent $1.25 million on a Seven Series BMW for his son and a trust fund.
Ray Zapata, with whom the State argues John Young conspired with to steal the multi-million dollar estate of Sullivan, was found guilty and sentenced to just six months in prison. Zapata is currently appealing his conviction and is free on an appeal bond.
The motion to delay Young's trial stemmed from the defense asking for more time to review evidence from Zapata's trial. His attorney Dan Hurley argued in court filings, "It is necessary for the defendant, John Young, to have a copy of the record of the trial of Ray Zapata. It is Counsel’s understanding the transcript is complete except for the restitution hearing. Defendant’s counsel was present during the hearing and intends to file a Motion in Limine, supported by record excerpts, that cannot be proved until a copy of the trial transcript is received."
Judge Brock Jones did not agree. The trial date for Young is set for 9 a.m. on Oct. 16.