Georgia: Yates family settles dispute over inheritance

photo Attorney Bobby Lee Cook

LaFAYETTE, Ga. - The Yates family estate trial seems to be at an end after two days of testimony, with both sides settling in court on Wednesday.

A spokeswoman for co-defendant Jo Anne Cline Yates said, "It's a family matter, and it's over. It's time to move forward." She declined to comment further.

Attempts to reach both parties' attorneys were unsuccessful.

On Tuesday, Laura Sikes Yates said the contested will of Pierce Yates Sr. has devolved into a "despicable" affair. She suggested that her father, millionaire Pierce Yates Sr., would not have knowingly signed a will leaving out her brother Allen Yates.