ETA: Looks like the trial WAS going on, on Friday, but I was unable to find the listing for it in the court schedule....the brothers inherited the house. It would have gone to Alan, but he survived just 12 hours longer than Carla.
After the fire, the house had to be demolished. The property, along with Carla’s investments, savings and insurance eventually worked out to a total of $843,000 to be split equally between her boys, Richard and Chris Taylor.
Chris, 41, took the stand Friday, never once looking at Rich, 46.
“I had been made aware that there were some financial issues with some friends that had lent him money. And those funds had not been paid back, so I was reluctant to lend him anything myself.”
...Rich was executor of Carla’s estate. Money began to go missing.
One account had withdrawals that were “unaccounted for,” Chris said. More than $10,000 was missing.
A $6,800 cheque Rich was supposed to have sent to the estate lawyer never got there.
“Rich said it had been sent and it must have been lost.”
Chris made the payment himself. Also, he paid the costs of Carla and Alan’s wake, which his brother was supposed to have settled.
The day before the fire, Rich asked his mom for money. She had previously given him $6,000.
“Just so you know, I gave him some money just now,” Carla texted to Chris. “I’m not going to get into this with him before they leave for Greece but I think you and I should have a discussion with him after they get back.”
Court has heard Rich and his wife and kids were supposed to leave for Greece on July 11.
His wife’s family had paid for their plane tickets, but Rich wouldn’t have had money for anything else once he was there, the Crown has suggested.
“I’m his mother and your his business partner brother,” she texted. “If we don’t intervene it’ll just keep going on and probably get worse. The three of us were the family unit for many years. I’ve got to believe we can get through to him.”
Twelve hours later, Carla was dead.
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