The federal court hearing for Wanda Oborny's entry of a change of plea in felony counts regarding a Hays millionaire has been moved up to 10 a.m. March 1.
It had originally been set for March 4.
U.S. District Judge J. Thomas Marten will preside in Courtroom 230 in the U.S. District Courthouse, Wichita.
Oborny was slated to go on trial this week but her attorney filed a notice at the start of the year of her intent to change her plea from not guilty. She is charged in connection with mailings through the U.S. Postal Service to seven beneficiaries of the late Earl O. Field's 2010 will. She had been a part-time bookkeeper for Field and shortly after the 98-year-old died in 2013, she claimed she found a codicil that named her the main beneficiary.
The codicil was ruled invalid in Ellis County District Court in 2016. Oborny, Hays, has been free on a $25,000 bond in the federal court case.
The chief beneficiary in the 2010 will and leading the court challenge against the codicil was Fort Hays State University Foundation. Field's overall estate was valued at over $20 million.