Between 2000 and 2005, servants and health aides allegedly watched Astor's only child, Anthony Marshall, prey on her failing mind for his own financial gain, prosecutors said Monday in opening arguments at Marshall's larceny trial.
In 2004, when Astor was 101, Marshall and his co-defendant Francis Morrissey, a lawyer, convinced Astor to sign over control of much her estate, said Elizabeth Loewy, an assistant district attorney. A nurse, Pearline Noble, is to testify Astor asked her, "Who are those men? What did I just do," Loewy said.
Marshall, 84, who has maintained his innocence, faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted, The New York Post reported Tuesday, saying prosecution witnesses could include Henry Kissinger, Barbara Walters and Annette de la Renta.
Astor, the widow of Vincent Astor, died in August 2007 at the age of 105.