Former model wins $310m share of oil fortune

Her lawyers said: “This was never about a gold digger sucking money. This was about a relationship that was very profound.” Smith, who used her married name Vicky Lynn Marshall in court, told Judge Samuel Bufford that Mr Marshall had offered her the financial incentive to marry him because: “This was one of the ways he wanted me to hurry me up and marry him. He loved me and I loved him.”

Last year in Los Angeles she testified that E Pierce Marshall defrauded her of between $556 million (£383 million) and $820 million (£565 million) that she was entitled to. At the time she wept inconsolably and clutched a tatty photograph of her late husband in a wheelchair saying he repeatedly proposed to her after they met. She said: “He wanted to make me happy. My wish was his command.”

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