ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4 / AP) The Denver Broncos ownership process was cleared Tuesday afternoon, less than two weeks before it began. The case involves the late owner Pat Bowlen’s two eldest daughters and the trio of trustees who have led the team for the past seven years.
Court records show the trial was evacuated after a hearing on Tuesday morning. In some cases, proceedings are abandoned because the parties have decided to seek a settlement.
The Trust was authorized in 2009 to determine Bowlen’s successor upon his death or incapacity. Bowlen resigned in 2013 due to Alzheimer’s disease and died a few weeks before he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2019.
Bowlen’s two eldest daughters from his first marriage – Beth Bowlen Wallace, 49, and Amie Klemmer, 51 – along with their uncle Bill Bowlen, alleged in court documents that Pat Bowlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s well before he signed his updated trust deed and she did want the trustees removed.
The trustees – Team President / CEO Joe Ellis, Team Counsel Rich Slivka, and Denver attorney Mary Kelly – and the attorney who created Pat Bowlen’s estate plan responded that Pat Bowlen knew what he was doing when he signed the documents in 2009.
The trial was scheduled to begin on July 12th. CBS4 reached out to the attorneys involved for comment on the possibility of a settlement agreement.
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