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Jury sides with caretaker in case involving estate of 'Wizard of Oz' actor

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CLAYTON, Mo. - A jury has sided with a caretaker in a case involving the estate of an actor who played one of the Munchkins in "Wizard of Oz."

Relatives of Mickey Carroll claimed in a St. Louis County lawsuit that caretaker Linda Dodge bilked the actor of nearly $500,000. But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1n59kwt) reports that after a weeklong trial, jurors on Friday needed less than two hours to decide in favour of Dodge.

Carroll, a hypopituitary dwarf, had Alzheimer's disease when he died in 2009 at age 89. He lived in Bel-Nor, Missouri.

Carroll's nieces and nephews filed suit in 2011, claiming Carroll's assets that once amounted to $500,000 had been drained. Lawyers for Dodge said she was there for Carroll when his family was not.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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