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No inheritance for man convicted of killing mom

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan man who pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and arson in his mother’s death can’t inherit from her estate.

Tim Beetschen says there’s no clear evidence that he intentionally killed Maxine Hadley at their Royal Oak home in 2014. He believes the involuntary manslaughter conviction means he’s not covered by a law that says someone who commits a murder can’t benefit.

But the Michigan appeals court says an Oakland County judge was correct in making separate findings of fact.

The 69-year-old Hadley called police to report that her son was trying to blow up their home. Police later found that a propane tank in the basement had exploded.

A neighbor said Beetschen was upset because his mother wouldn’t buy beer. The 53-year-old is eligible for parole in 2034.


Warner Norcross grows its Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group

 Dr. Nicholas R. Ballor is the newest addition to the Technology & Intellectual Property Practice Group of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

Ballor, who holds a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biophysics from the California Institute of Technology and earned his bachelor of science in chemical engineering at Michigan Technological University, joins the firm’s TIP group, which provides a wide range of legal services including patent prosecution and portfolio management, IP strategy development, technology and licensing, trademark protection, copyright and related areas. Ballor is a patent specialist and registered patent agent who will practice in the firm’s Southfield office.

“We are delighted to welcome Nicholas to our team,” said Linda Paullin-Hebden, executive partner in charge of the Southfield office. “Over the past few years, our TIP group has been among the fastest growing areas in the firm due, in part, to our strength in chemical engineering and related fields. Bringing Nicholas on board deepens our experience and will allow us to serve and grow our client base even more effectively.”

Ballor previously worked with cutting-edge technologies for a number of industrial, academic and government institutions and has published a series of articles in high-impact scientific journals.

 Ballor received bachelor of science degree summa cum laude from Michigan Technological University where he was distinguished as the institution’s first student to receive the Barry Goldwater Scholarship. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees from the California Institute of Technology where he held the distinction of being a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. He also completed postdoctoral studies at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, California and at Fordham University’s Louis Calder Center in Armonk, New York.

 A native of Michigan, Ballor now resides Royal Oak.