May 5, 2015 11:17 PM

Aaron Goodwin, officer at center of Webber estate hearing, takes stand

DOVER- Aaron Goodwin, who is at the center of a multi-million dollar estate hearing, took the witness stand Tuesday.

A Sergeant with the Portsmouth Police Department, Goodwin befriended Geraldine Webber, who ultimately changed her will before she died in 2012, so he would receive $2.7 million, including her house.

Goodwin said on Tuesday that medical professionals never mentioned to him that the 93-year-old had dementia, and he viewed her as a woman taking care of her own home during her twilight years.

Goodwin also said his police chief and the Attorney General's office knew Webber was planning to leave him her house.

"There was knowledge at the Attorney General's office that she wanted to give you her house?" attorney Charles Doleac asked Goodwin.

"Yes," Goodwin replied.

"And did they, did the Attorney General's office, have any problem with that?" Doleac asked.

Goodwin said they did not. Instead, they took issue with James Ritzo, Webber's former attorney. Goodwin claimed Webber felt manipulated by Ritzo.

Goodwin told the court that once he explained to his superiors the situation he found himself in, he was no longer allowed to visit Webber while on duty, but sometimes did if he felt she was in need.

He also described trying to help Webber repair a friendship with a woman named Barbara, who she spent Fridays with on a routine basis, until one day that fell apart.

"On her deathbed, she was asking for her," Goodwin said, later adding that Webber knew all of the people around her and what their relationship was to her.

Doleac asked Goodwin to describe Webber, and he called her "competent" just prior to the lunch recess.

Testimony is expected to resume Wednesday in the two week hearing.


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