The trial for a woman accused of capitalizing on a dying woman’s estate remains on schedule to start later next month.
Heather Driscoll will face a jury starting Oct. 19 in Payson. Driscoll’s former husband, Michael Lowe, will stand trial starting Nov. 1 for his alleged larger role in taking over Alicia Christopherson’s estate.
A grand jury indicted both more than a year ago — Driscoll on charges of theft from a vulnerable adult for an amount less than $25,000, and Lowe for Christopherson’s estate which was close to half a million.
The case turns on whether Christopherson was legally capable of altering her estate in 2003 making Lowe the sole trustee. She had established the trust originally in 1993 with her grandson, Roger Wolfram, the beneficiary. Through the years, Christopherson changed the beneficiary several times — including one version in which she would have left the bulk of the estate to Hospice.
Lowe became Christopherson’s doctor in 2002 and court testimony showed that the doctor, Driscoll and their daughter visited Christopherson socially well before she redrafted her trust.
Lowe also served as her doctor both before and after she began receiving hospice care.
Driscoll and Lowe have maintained their innocence.
Driscoll appeared before Superior Court Judge Peter Cahill recently with her attorney Michael Bernays.
Bernays told Cahill he is getting everything ready for trial and will be ready to go by Oct. 19.
Another pre-trial conference for Driscoll will be help Sept. 26 at 11 a.m.
Lowe’s next pre-trial conference is Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.
A Payson teen facing an Aug. 2 trial for allegedly assaulting a 12-year-old girl when he was 14 was also in court Monday.
It is the Roundup’s policy not to name suspects or victims in sex-related crimes.
The teen, 18, appeared for a pre-trial conference and learned his Sept. 27 trial will now take place in front of Judge Gary Scales due to scheduling conflicts with Cahill who is hearing another case at the same time.
According to several police reports, the teen is accused of meeting a girl behind a Payson shopping center, getting her drunk and sexually assaulting her.
The incident happened roughly four years ago with a grand jury returning an indictment in November 2009.
Registered sex offender moves to campsite in Flowing Springs area
In August, registered sex offender Paul Scott Sandefer, 40, notified police he was living in a home on East Eidelweiss Circle in Payson.
Payson Police say Sandefer is no longer living there and has moved temporarily to a campsite in the Flowing Springs area.
Any citizen who has concerns about this offender or other offenders in the area can call Det. Michael Varga at (928) 474-5177, ext. 271. If there is an immediate need for assistance or immediate concern, citizens are asked to call 911.
Lastly, citizens are advised that threats, intimidation or the harassment of offenders will not be tolerated.