Estate battle ensues |

Estate battle ensues

The estate of a couple who died earlier this year in a murder-suicide is being battled over in court between the couple’s offspring and a longtime friend.

Stanley and Shirley Reinert died in March when Stanley shot his wife then turned a handgun on himself, according to authorities.

Soon after their death, a conflict arose between daughter Debra McCash and family friend Sandra Martin. McCash, who lives in North Carolina, said Martin was unofficially tapped to administer the estate. Soon after, though, McCash believed Martin’s motives changed to wanting to profit for herself.

Martin said she would comment after an Aug. 8 hearing at El Dorado County Superior Court, which may decide who will ultimately administer the estate.

“We have known them for 30 years,” Martin said. “I volunteered to be the administrator. … I did it because of the fact we were friends for so long. That’s why I’m doing it.”

At stake is $472,000 in property value from the Reinert’s house on Bruce Drive, $70,000 worth of personal property and $2,000 from income of personal property, according to court documents.

Another daughter of the Reinerts, Shelley Nelson, has an “interest” in looking over the estate, court documents stated.

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