CLAREMORE, Okla. - Thursday was day three of the Garth Brook's trial, and the Yukon hospital president got to defend his actions.
A very calm and collected James Moore took the stand once again. His defense was that he asked Garth to donate to the ICU because of demand. Moore said Brooks was the one who wanted to have his mom's name as big as the Hollywood sign on the hospital, however didn't make any formal agreement.
Terry Thomas, the attorney for Integris Health, showed jurors emails of a friendly relationship between Brooks and Moore. Emails that read “hey pal” and “love G," but after the money was handed over that relationship turns to uncertainty.
Garth said, “I'm not sure what our deal is. We need to come to some type of agreement on naming rights”. Brooks said, “That's a very nice email, saying I'm giving you a chance, come forward, and we will talk about that tomorrow.”
Officials say the $500,000 never came with specific instructions. Hardy Watkins, VP of communications for Integris said, “We were never able to get to an agreement so we couldn't spend the money, because we didn't want to disappoint the donor."
That money is still sitting in Integris' bank, possibly collecting interest. Moore's boss suggested wiring the funds back. However, Moore wrote, “We'll sure make him work like hell to get it back.”
Watkins said, “He was really making sure that we go through the due diligence process, that we are giving the money back to the right account, also take into context feeling like he let the community down and that it was 4 a.m.”
Brooks said, “His command is coming true. They are making it harder than hell, three years, and way too much money, and they are dragging my mom's name with every foot they go.”
Moore says even after the deal went south, he still tried to work with Garth on honoring Colleen in some capacity. However, Brooks said, “I want to be as far away from Integris as I can be. If they came to me today and said I could have the hospital. I would say thank you very much, but no thank you.”
Garth's accountant who has been with him since 1989 finished up testifying today. She says many of his donations are anonymous. Brooks is expected to take the stand Friday.
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