The Latest: Sumner Redstone mental competency case dismissed

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Posted: May 09, 2016 12:06 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the mental competency trial of media mogul Sumner Redstone (all times local):

9:10 a.m.

A judge has dismissed a case challenging the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan ruled Monday that he found video testimony from the 92-year-old Redstone convincing. He testified that he wanted his daughter, Shari, to make medical decisions for him if he is incapacitated and that he no longer wanted his ex-girlfriend Manuela Herzer in his life.

Herzer had contended that Redstone, who controls CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc., lacked the mental capacity to remove her from his life last year.

Redstone's attorneys sought to dismiss the case during the first day of a competency trial that began Friday.

The judge had asked attorneys to present their best evidence over the weekend so he could rule.

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2:50 a.m.

A trial on the mental competency of media mogul Sumner Redstone is scheduled to resume Monday with a judge considering whether the case should go forward.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David J. Cowan said Friday after the first day of testimony that he will consider a motion to dismiss the proceedings on Monday morning. Cowan said he found Redstone's statements in a videotaped session last week compelling.

Redstone declared he wanted nothing to do with his longtime companion, Manuela Herzer, who was kicked out of the ailing media mogul's mansion in October.

Herzer contends Redstone didn't have adequate mental capacity to make that decision.

If Cowan doesn't dismiss the case, he will hear more testimony from one of Redstone's nurses.

Redstone controls CBS Corp. and Viacom Inc.