Criminal Justice

Lawyer who was accused of killing her dad with forgery is now charged with second murder


A Kansas City lawyer accused of killing her father through a forged power of attorney that gave her control of his health care is now accused of also murdering his girlfriend.

Susan Elizabeth Van Note was charged on Tuesday, report the Associated Press, KCTV and the Kansas City Star. She was accused last year of using a forged durable power of attorney that led doctors to remove Van Note’s father from life support after he and his fiancée were shot at his Lake of the Ozarks vacation home. The girlfriend, Sharon Dickson, died at the scene of the October 2010 slaying.

Friends had said William Van Note was preparing to marry Dickson, who was principal beneficiary of his will if she outlived him, the AP story says. Court documents had put his net worth at more than $7 million in 2009, according to KCTV.

The KCTV story cites court documents saying that Susan Van Note’s mother had said her daughter was with her the night of the murders, but cell phone records indicated Susan Van Note was in the area of the Lake of the Ozarks home that night.

After the death, Van Note had legal control over her father’s estate. A probate judge removed Van Note as personal representative after the criminal charges were filed.

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