Texas judge to consider DNA in Hemsley case

Man claims to be brother of "The Jeffersons" star, wants part of estate.

Published On: Nov 09 2012 10:52:26 AM EST   Updated On: Nov 09 2012 11:08:23 AM EST
EL PASO, Texas -

A man who says he is Sherman Hemsley's brother is expected to reveal the results of a DNA test to a judge in Texas in an effort to prove his claim for a share of the late actor's estate.

Richard Thornton, of Philadelphia, challenged the validity of Hemsley's will, which names the actor's longtime friend, Flora Enchinton of El Paso, as sole beneficiary. "The Jeffersons" star died of lung cancer July 24.

Thornton is scheduled to appear at the probate court in El Paso on Friday.

Hemsley was born in Philadelphia but lived in El Paso for the last 20 years of his life. Court documents indicate his estate is worth more than $50,000.

The actor's refrigerated remains remain at an El Paso funeral home amid the estate dispute.

Hemsley made a name for himself as George Jefferson. In 1984 he earned an Emmy nomination for lead actor in a comedy series. Hemsley went on to appear on a handful of other classic television shows including "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "The Hughleys."

Hemsley had no wife or kids.

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