Trial set to start of alleged scam of invalid widow
A jury has been selected. The legal issues have been hammered out.
Now, a trial is set to go this morning of an ex-con accused of biling an invalid widow of $112,829 and convincing her to marry him in the front seat of his car outside a Montgomery County couthouse as part of the scheme.
The challenge for prosecutor Amanda Michalski: Bringing clarity to a complicated case. But she'll have a tantalizing set of allegations she can use to draw in jurors' attention. Among them: Detectives searching the widow's home in 2008 found a copy of her will with her disabled granddaughter's name replaced by the suspect's name -- in his handwriting.
The defendant, a colorful character with a thick New York accent named Roger Greenberg, is represented by two well-regarded public defenders: Sherryl Statland and Adam Harris. It's not clear what they will lay out in their opening statements.
But based on previous court hearings, and statements made by Greenberg, here is one possible narrative: Greenberg knew the widow, Evelyn Zucker, from years of knowing her son, and started coming by her house in 2007 to help her. She asked for his help with her finances and it was her idea to change the will.
Zucker is expected to testify, a prospect that can't make prosecutors entirely comfortable. At times she remembers facts well. At times she doesn't. At times she says Greenberg stole from her. At times she says the police are trying to frame him.
February 23, 2010; 10:25 AM ET
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