*A Utah judge on Monday ordered that Gary Coleman’s remains be cremated no sooner than Wednesday afternoon, so Coleman’s ex-girlfriend Anna Gray has enough time to travel from Oregon to Utah to see his body.
According to the Associated Press, Fourth District Judge James Taylor appointed an independent attorney to oversee Coleman’s property and the cremation of his remains until a dispute between Gray and the actor’s ex-wife Shannon Price can be worked out.
The court named Provo attorney Robert Jeffs the special administrator of Coleman’s estate. Jeffs wasn’t notified of the ruling in advance and wasn’t at the hearing.
“All I know about the death, the estate and the dispute is what I’ve read in the media,” Jeffs told The AP after learning of the decision.
Though a specific cremation date has not been set, Jeffs said Coleman’s ashes and property will be securely stored until a final determination is made on an estate executor.
Coleman died May 28, but his cremation has been on hold because of legal wrangling over his assets, which include a Utah home valued in property tax records at $315,000 and a collection of toy trains. Also, Price and Gray both contend they are the lawful administrators of his estate.
Gray is named in a 2005 will, while Price is named in a 2007 handwritten note by Coleman that is intended to amend any earlier wills. The note names Price as the sole heir.
As previously reported, one of Coleman’s friends and former managers, Dion Mial, on Monday withdrew his petition to be named as the special administrator of Coleman’s estate. Mial was named in a 1999 will by Coleman, but Mial’s attorney said the will that names Gray takes precedence because it is more recent.
Once the will naming Mial was discovered, Coleman’s estranged parents, Sue and Willie Coleman, said they would not seek to make their son’s funeral arrangements. Their attorney, Frederick Jackman, said the couple did not ask the judge to let them see their son before he is cremated.
“They want Gary to rest. That’s all they want. I think they feel like if they came out here it would create ‘activity,'” Jackman said. “Their son is gone. They just want him left alone.”