Benson v. Benson: Trial over billionaire's fortune enters day two

Benson v. Benson: Trial over billionaire's fortune enters day two

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson is back in court on Tuesday for the latest hearing in the family's legal brawl.

The battle over control of Tom Benson's fortune began behind closed doors in Orleans Parish Civil Court on Monday. An appeals court upheld Judge Kern Reese's decision to close the hearing and keep out all members of the media.

"I'm still walking, so I feel good," Benson said as he left the courtroom Monday with a cane and an escort. "I can't talk about nothing. I just feel good."

Benson and his estranged family are fighting over his fortune after he announced that his wife, Gayle, would take over when he dies. The decision was followed by the family saying Benson was incapable of taking care of himself and his two franchises.

He looked unfazed on Monday by the battle over his empire. When asked if he was still competent to run the teams, he responded strongly, "I've been running them for 50 years."

On Monday afternoon, the court heard testimony from Benson's nurse and his longtime business partner Tom Roddy. Both refused to comment publicly.

Three doctors have examined Benson to determine if he's sufficiently mentally stable to continue controlling his own fortune. The controversial case is still very public, even though it is a closed hearing.

Testimony from the doctors is expected sometime this week.

The hearing will continue Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.

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