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Daughter removed from role overseeing slain father’s will

Updated: 2012-11-15T23:25:02Z

By DONALD BRADLEY

The Kansas City Star

A judge on Thursday officially removed murder suspect Susan “Liz” Van Note from being in charge of her father’s will.

Clay County Circuit Judge Larry Harman cited the criminal charges in removing Van Note as personal representative of the will of William Van Note, a Liberty millionaire businessman who died in 2010, three days after being shot in the head in his Lake of the Ozarks home. William Van Note’s longtime girlfriend, Sharon Dickson, also was killed in the attack.

In September, after a long investigation, a grand jury indictment charged Liz Van Note, 44, a Lee’s Summit attorney, with first-degree murder. She is accused of not only shooting her father but also of forging a “durable power of attorney” that led to him being removed from life support at a Columbia hospital two days after the shooting.

Van Note then posted a $1 million cash bond on the murder charge, surprising the trustee of her 2009 federal bankruptcy case who said she couldn’t find any assets to go toward Van Note’s debts.

“She is also ordered to turn over all assets from the estate,” Harman ruled Thursday.

Van Note was in the courtroom, along with her attorney, but did not speak.

The motion to revoke her as personal representative of the estate had been filed by Dickson’s son. According to the son’s attorney, the will, valued in the millions, named Sharon Dickson to be personal representative and gave most assets to her but only if she outlived him. Dickson, who had been shot three times and slashed with a knife, died in the house.

On Sept. 12, about a week after the criminal indictment, Harman temporarily suspended Van Note as personal representative, appointed a replacement and ordered that no distributions from the estate take place without a court order.

On Thursday, Harman made the order permanent.

A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 3 in the criminal case in Boone County.

To reach Donald Bradley, call 816-234-4182 or send email to dbradley@kcstar.com.

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