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November 9, 2012

Texas judge to consider DNA in Hemsley case

EL PASO, Texas — A man who says he is deceased actor Sherman Hemsley's brother is in a West Texas court, and says DNA evidence will back his claim.

Richard Thornton, of Philadelphia, is expected to reveal results of a DNA test during the probate court trial that opened Friday in El Paso.

Thornton has challenged Hemsley's will, which names longtime friend Flora Enchinton of El Paso as the sole beneficiary.

Hemsley, who starred in "The Jeffersons," died of lung cancer July 24. He was born in Philadelphia, but lived in El Paso the last 20 years of his life.

Court documents indicate his estate is worth more than $50,000. Hemsley's refrigerated remains are at an El Paso funeral home.

Enchinton said she wants Hemsley to get the respect he deserves.

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