Gayle Benson takes stand in day 6 of husband's competency trial

Gayle Benson takes stand in day 6 of husband's competency trial

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Testimony resumed Wednesday after a four day break in the trial over future ownership of Tom Benson's assets.

The billionaire's attorney called another psychiatrist to the stand in Orleans Parish Civil Court, before calling Benson's wife, Gayle, in the afternoon.

Benson's daughter, Renee Benson, and grandchildren, Ryan and Rita LeBlanc, arrived in court for day six of competency trial for the Saints and Pelicans owner.

They called seven witnesses during their portion of the case. Now Benson's attorneys are calling witnesses as they put on their portion of the case.

Before taking the stand, the attorney for the heirs said he doesn't expect much from Gayle Benson's testimony.

"What do I expect to hear from her," asked the heirs' attorney Randy Smith, "Everything's peachy. That what I'm sure she'll say."

Gayle Benson became the centerpiece of the proceedings after her husband signed over the future control of his empire.

On the stand earlier was Dr. Kenneth Sakauye, from the University of Tennessee. He is the court appointed psychiatrist and not the one hired by Benson's team.

There is still no word on whether Benson will take the stand. Smith has indicated he may try and question him during the rebuttal phase later this week or early next week.

After Gayle Benson testifies, attorneys are expected to call attorney Paul Cordes, an estate lawyer for Tom Benson.

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