Provo, Utah A Utah judge on Monday ordered that Gary Coleman’s remains be cremated no sooner than Wednesday afternoon, so Coleman’s ex-girlfriend has enough time to travel from Oregon to Utah to see his body.
Fourth District Judge James Taylor appointed an independent attorney to oversee Coleman’s property and the cremation of his remains until a dispute between the actor’s ex-wife and ex-girlfriend is settled.
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 Associated Press 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. Coleman’s ex-wife, Shannon Price, and his former girlfriend and manager, Anna Gray, both contend they are the lawful administrators of his estate.
Gray is named in a 2005 will, and the judge delayed Coleman’s cremation so Gray could travel to Utah from Portland, Ore., and see his body before it is cremated.