Melvin Dummar

The three pages of scrawling handwriting doles out reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes' estate all over the country.

"First: One forth of all my as-sets to go to Hughes Medical Institute of Miami. Second: One eight of assets to be devided among the University of Texas, Rice Institute of Technology of Houston — the University of Nevada and the University of Calif."

Then, the alleged will gets really generous.

"Third: One sixteenth to Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints — David O. MaKay."

The will donates another share to create a home for orphaned children, a scholarship fund for the "entire Country," money for the Boy Scouts of America, money for his aides and key associates and a Utah man who is still trying to collect.

"Eighth: one sixteenth to go to Melvin DuMar of Gabbs, Nevada."

Lawyers for Melvin Dummar are making another attempt to collect on Hughes' estate, this time filing a lawsuit in a Las Vegas federal court. A similar lawsuit filed in Utah was rejected by a federal judge earlier this year.

Dummar claims he has a 1/16th share of Hughes' fortune.

The latest lawsuit is filed against two men who did inherit some of Hughes' estate, accusing them of defrauding a Nevada court during a dispute over the will in 1976. Dummar is suing William Frank Lummis and Frank William Gay, accusing them of fraud, perjury, tampering, concealing evidence and racketeering.

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In the lawsuit, Dummar's attorneys accuse the men of conspiring to have the so-called "Mormon will" or "holographic will" rejected from a Nevada probate court. It accuses the men of tampering with a jury, discrediting experts and covering up where Hughes really was at the time he was rescued by Dummar.

Dummar claims that in 1967, he was driving in rural Nevada when he stopped to help a man lying in the road. The man insisted he be taken to the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas. Dummar said the man identified himself as Howard Hughes, the industrialist.

In 1976, Hughes died. Dummar was working at a gas station in Willard when a stranger appeared and left him an envelope. The lawsuit said the man was later identified as a "confidential agent of Howard Hughes."

The handwritten will was attached as an exhibit to the new lawsuit. So was an envelope that reads: "Dear Mr. McKay, Please see that this will is delivered after my death to Clark County Court House Las Vegas Nevada. Howard R. Hughes."

The lawsuit said that Dummar steamed the envelope open and found the will. He delivered it to the LDS Church and Dummar's attorneys claim a handwriting expert verified it was Hughes' writing.

During the 1976 probate trial, Dummar's lawyers allege that Lummis and Gay conspired to have witnesses discredit the man and claimed Hughes never left his home at the Desert Inn Hotel.

Lummis and Gay were served with summons' to answer the lawsuit on Monday. Their attorneys in the Utah lawsuit have called Dummar's attempts "fanciful speculative claims" that are "too little, too late," pointing out that it has been more than 30 years since the probate trial.


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