9/11 victim’s bones will be tested in $1M paternity case

New York City’s Chief Medical Examiner has been ordered by a Manhattan court to release bone fragments belonging to Michael Morgan Taylor, who was killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11 for a paternity test, reports Julia Marsh of the NY Post.

Mr. Taylor was a 42-year-old broker with Cantor Fitzgerald. A former flame of his calling herself Lady Gwen de Ashborough (legal name Gwendolyn D. Phillips) claims that Taylor fathered her 24-year-old son, Austin Rutherford Colby. Mr. Taylor’s sister admits that the pair had a relationship, but insists that he is not Colby’s father, and says the DNA test is a desecration.

Judge Rita Mella requested the release of remains despite ” significant questions … raised as to Philips’ general credibility.”

Should the DNA test show relationship, Colby will need to meet a legal requirement showing that Taylor “openly and notoriously acknowledged the child as his own”.

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