“When you boil it down, you have a father’s fortune at stake, favorable expiring estate tax laws and defendant’s phone call at the scene,” Gilley concluded. “Follow the money. An intelligent, but bankrupt child, who despised her father.” Bath said police never investigated a man with a violent past whom William allegedly made a loan to and was the last person William made contact with before the attacks.
The disputed relationship, or lack thereof, between Susan Van Note and her father William Van Note was the subject of opening statements by the prosecution and defense team Tuesday morning in the second day of the double-homicide trial.
Prosecuting Attorney Michael Gilley and lead defense attorney Tom Bath each spoke for about a half hour explaining to members of the jury the type of evidence they would be presenting and their theories to what happened