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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Even Behind Bars For Life Julia Phillips Fights For Possesion of A Home

JailServing a life sentence for murder has not stopped Julia Phillips from fighting a legal battle over possession of her late husband's home. Phillips is in prison for the murder of the former Mayor of York, Melvin Roberts. Reports indicate Phillips stayed in the home until she was arrested for partaking in the strangling death of Roberts. Melvin Roberts had been providing Phillips with money to pay her bills for the past ten years. It is possible that the South Carolina's "slayer's law" will affect the outcome. The "slayer's law" disallows people from being able to benefit financially when they commit murder.


Despite her guilt for partaking in Melvin’s death, she still has legal rights to challenge the ownership of her late husband, Bryant Phillips’s, home. Some experts are saying that it is unclear if the slayer statue will have any effect on the outcome because the purpose of the slayer statue is to keep someone from inheriting anything from the estate of the person who she murdered. Here, even though Bryant Phillips is dead Julia was not implicated in his death, but his daughters were seeking answers about his death in 1999.

See Andrew Dys, From Prison, Julia Phillips Fighting For Possession of Late Husband's Home, Herald Online,  Oct. 5, 2013.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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Just a correction to note. It is not New York. It's York, South Carolina.

GWB: Thanks!! Correction made.

Posted by: Mike Martinez | Nov 9, 2013 10:19:33 AM

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