Sides Meet for Deposition In Sherman Hemsley's Will Battle

Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 7:22pm

It's been three months since Jefferson's star Sherman Hemsley passed away at his east El Paso home but, his body still is yet to be buried.

Hemsley's body remains at a morgue while his family and the executer fight over his burial. Hemsley's will states that Flora Enchinton Bernal is the executer. His family is challenging bernal and the will.

On Tuesday, both sides met in downtown El Paso to give testimony before the judge makes his decision.

The deposition at the offices of Associated Court Reporters lasted four hours.

Bernal has said Hemsley wanted to be buried in El Paso, his home for the past two decades.

Hemsley's family, his alleged brother and nephew believe he should be buried near his family in Pennsylvania. Family members have said they think the will is suspicious because it was made just a month before Hemsley died.

We talked to Bernal as she walked out of the office on Tuesday. She said this has been a tough process and it's now in God's hands.

She didn't want to talk on camera, but her attorney did.

"It's been very difficult. I think she feels very responsible for Mr. Hemsley,” said attorney Alex Neill. “She feels a deep desire to give him his final resting place and give him the dignity that comes with that. Obviously we've been delayed in order to get that resolution here so I think it's been a combination of very frustrating and just been very emotional and difficult for her."

The attorney for the Hemsly family did not comment.

The judge is expected to make a decision in the case Wednesday, October 31. The judge has said there will be no more continuances.


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