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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Shooting Over a Will

WillsDozens of bullets were fired at the home of the executor of Eugenia Boies's estate in what police believe are two possible cases of attempted murder. The victims in this shooting, Peter Clark and his wife, believe that the shooting was committed because of a family dispute over the will of the late Eugenia Boise, wife and the sole heir of the estate of David Boies Jr.

David Boies Jr. was a millionaire who earned his wealth through his family's business, a Civil War gunpowder company. He was also an investor who invested in several profitable companies. He died in 2007 and his wife passed away in 2009. Before she died she appointed Peter Clark, her nephew, to become an additional executor of her estate to act as a tie breaker between the other two executors, her attorney Mr. William Beckett and Cambridge Trusts. By 2011, the estate was still in dispute. The primary dispute involves the beneficiary interest that Peter Clark owns that he received in the years before Mrs. Boies death. The children of Boies were upset that Mr. Clark received a beneficiary interest, and one witness stated that one of children wanted to kill Mr. Clark. Currently, the police have made no arrests in this case.

See Elizabeth Dinan, Will Liked to Rye Shooting Included North Hampton Land, Seacoatonline.com, July 12, 2012.

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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