Dr. Herman Tarnower, who left Jean Harris $220,000, was not even mentioned in Harris' will.
Only family -- Harris' two sons, her brother, two sisters, niece and daughter-in-law -- were the legates. Her eldest son, David, and her sister, Mary Margaret Lynch, were named executors of her estate. The scope of her estate, however, was not revealed at her murder trial today.
Although the will had been entered into evidence earlier in the trial, the prosecution had fought making its contents public. Those wishes were upheld by Judge Russell R. Leggett, who is presiding in this case.
"I can't give you a legal basis," he told reporters today. "This is just what I think is in the interest of justice."
Former headmistress of the Madeira School in McLean, Va., Harris has been in court since October, charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Tarnower, her lover. The defense claims the shooting was a "tragic accident," a suicide attempt gone wrong. Tarnower sustained his four wounds in a "struggle," her lawyers say.
Today, they continued to try to establish that point, bringing in as a witness a stout and confident professor of pathlogy from the Albany Medical College. Gray-bearded, relaxed, with a pronounced British accent, the witness, Dr. Jack Neville Phillips Davies, said that the multiple wounds sustained by Tarnower were "consistent with a struggle." He also said that in a struggle ". . . people either lose control of themselves either voluntarily or involuntarily . . . sometimes the arm holds the firearm in such a way that there are repeated convulsive moves. . . ."
But it was his comment that the four wounds sustained by Tarnower were "trivial" and that there was "no reason I could see someone should die from these wounds," which enraged the normally laconic assistant district attorney, George Bolen.
"The man was shot through the hand, in the chest, in the right arm, in the posterior shoulder fracturing three ribs, hitting a lung, hitting the liver and you call those wounds trivial?" he asked.
The doctor's comments on women and crime were also compeling -- particularly to feminists. Speaking of the wound Tarnower received in the chest -- an unusually shallow wound -- the expert witness theorized that it might have been a "dud" bullet, perhaps from a whole "dud" set of ammunition.
"Ladies often keep ammunition for years," he said.
Outside the courtroom, he has a bit more to say on the subject.
"I've done a great deal with what is called crime passionel, and ladies who are involved in these crimes usually aim at a central area -- where they think the heart is -- or a little further down," he said.