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Anthony Marshall
updated 3/30/2009 2:07:36 PM ET 2009-03-30T18:07:36

Jury selection has begun in New York City in the trial of the son of late philanthropist Brooke Astor.

Anthony Marshall is accused of looting the $198 million estate of his Alzheimer's-stricken mother.

More than 100 prospective jurors were summoned Monday to the Manhattan Criminal Courts Building, where the trial will take place.

Justice A. Kirke Bartley estimates it may take two months for the trial of Marshall, who's 84, and 66-year-old co-defendant Francis Morrissey. The judge has said he must first find out who can serve on a jury that long.

Morrissey, a lawyer, is accused of altering Astor's will so that Marshall would get money meant for charities.

Astorwas a philanthropist and socialite who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Astor Foundation, which had been established by her third husband, Vincent Astor, great-great-grandson of the first multimillionaire, John Jacob Astor.

Astor died in August 2008 at age 105.

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