View Full Version : Judge takes up man’s claim to Hughes fortune

11-02-2006, 11:55 PM
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Melvin Dummar smiles as he leaves federal court Thursday in Salt Lake City. Dummar is the truck driver who insists he rescued the legendary Howard Hughes from a roadside ditch 39 years ago and was cheated out of a share of his estate. The judge will decide on Dummar's claim soon.

A federal judge will decide whether to let a Utah man renew his legal battle for a share of late billionaire Howard Hughes' fortune.

Melvin Dummar, a 61-year-old frozen-meat delivery man, insists he rescued a bloodied Hughes from a roadside ditch in the Nevada desert 39 years ago.

Dummar says Hughes returned the favor by leaving him $156 million in a handwritten will, which was ruled a fake by a Las Vegas jury in 1978.

Dummar got another day in court Thursday, trying to reopen the case based on new evidence and a compelling new witness: A pilot who says he routinely flew Hughes to brothels in rural Nevada and confirmed parts of Dummar's improbable story, which provided the basis for the fictionalized 1980 movie “Melvin and Howard.”

"I feel better now than I did 30 years ago," Dummar said outside federal court Thursday. "I think I was left out on a limb 30 years ago. Now I know not only the pilot but numerous other people in support of what's going on here."

Dummar is suing Hughes cousin William Lummis, a major beneficiary of the Hughes estate, and Frank Gay, who was chief operating officer of Summa Corp., which controlled Hughes' major assets. Both are retired and living in Texas.


11-03-2006, 12:02 AM
What a scumbag. :buttkick:

11-03-2006, 01:03 PM
i saved him from a ditch and deserve those millions.