May 6, 2015 10:29 PM
Portsmouth police sergeant Aaron Goodwin defends relationship with Geraldine Webber
DOVER - Portsmouth Police Sergeant Aaron Goodwin on Wednesday defended his relationship with Geraldine Webber, who he is accused of taking advantage of prior to her death in order to inherit $2.7 million from her estate.
Goodwin was being cross-examined at 7th Circuit Court - Probate Division- in Dover, for the second straight day. On Tuesday, he offered lengthy answers on direct examination, talking openly about his relationship with "Gerry."
But on Wednesday, the judge overseeing the hearing had to instruct Goodwin to answer questions from an attorney representing the individuals and organizations originally named to receive the bulk of Webber's stocks, bonds and personal property. He barely answered many questions with a "yes" or "no" for the record.
Goodwin maintains that he was friends with Webber, offering her companionship, comfort and care in her twilight years. Those hoping the court will find Webber's final 2012 will invalid say that he used undue influence to trick an Alzheimer's patient out of her money.
Goodwin helped to arrange for a new attorney for Webber, but said he never was involved in estate planning, even though he told his police supervisors she intended to give him her house.
Goodwin further says that because Webber had no children at the time of her death, he was like a second son. She even referred to him as "my love" on her personal calendar when she made notes of his regular visits.
"I stand behind everything I did for her," Goodwin told the court prior to the lunch recess. "I am proud of it, and I wouldn't change anything."
The hearing is expected to wrap up this week.