Dr. Lowe’S Trial To Start In November

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A Payson doctor accused of taking advantage of his position to manipulate a dying woman into giving his family her estate will face a jury trial starting Nov. 1.

Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill on Monday set a four- to eight-day trial for Dr. Michael Lowe with jury selection in Globe and the rest of the trial continuing in Payson, where the alleged crime took place.

According to a Payson Police detective’s investigation, Dr. Lowe and his then-wife Heather Driscoll, befriended Alicia Christopherson and had her turn her estate over to them before she died.

Prosecutors say Christopher-son was not legally capable of altering her estate due to dementia.

Dr. Lowe’s attorney argued in court that Christopherson wanted to leave her estate to Lowe’s family long before she developed the debilitating disease.

Both sides will have a chance to argue their case nearly a year after Dr. Lowe was indicted by a grand jury for the crime.

Dr. Lowe’s trial falls after Driscoll’s, which is slated to start Oct. 19 and last four to five days.

A Gila County grand jury indicted Driscoll on charges of theft from a vulnerable adult, but for an amount less than $25,000.

Cahill scheduled Dr. Lowe’s next pre-trial conference for 11 a.m., June 13 in Payson.

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