Sunday, July 28, 2002

Williams' daughter will challenge document

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        INVERNESS, Fla. — A lawyer for Ted Williams' daughter says a note the late Hall of Famer is purported to have signed signaling his wishes to be cryogenically preserved is suspect.

        Bobby-Jo Williams Ferrell is questioning whether her father was capable of making a decision on how his body should be treated after death. Williams had been suffering from congestive heart failure.

        He died July 5 at age 83.

        “We're not even sure he would have been able to physically move the pen in that fashion,” John Heer, an attorney for Ferrell, told Saturday's St. Petersburg Times.

        “There's all these circumstances surrounding the creation of the document — the way it was kept, the way it was later found and produced — that all arouse our suspicions about it.”

        A telephone call to Heer by the Associated Press wasn't immediately returned Saturday.

        Ferrell is fighting Williams' two other children's wishes to keep his body frozen. His body was sent to Alcor Life Extension Foundation, an Arizona laboratory that does cryonic preservation.

        Williams' son, John Henry, and daughter, Claudia, have produced a handwritten note in which the aging Williams asks that his body be frozen. It was filed Thursday in Citrus County Probate Court.

        The signatures of Williams, John Henry and Claudia are on the note dated Nov. 2, 2000, four years after Williams signed a will calling for his cremation.

        Heer said he plans to hire handwriting experts to examine the pact, and questioned whether Williams knew what he was signing, if he signed it.

        BRAVES: Atlanta activated right-handed reliever Darren Holmes and placed pitcher Kevin Gryboski on the 15-day disabled list.

        Holmes had been on the DL since July 7 with a laceration on his right thumb.

        EXPOS: Right-hander Tony Armas Jr. was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained back muscle.

        Armas suffered the injury to right side of his lower back early in Friday's 6-5, 10-inning win.

        Armas, who leads the majors with 13 wild pitches, is 8-7 with a 3.92 ERA in 18 starts this season.

        Right-handers Zach Day, a LaSalle product, and Britt Reames were recalled from Triple-A Ottawa and in uniform.


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