The New York Times has reported that a Manhattan grand jury may be asked to investigate whether or not crimes were committed in the case involving 104 year old socialite Brooke Astor.As reported here last year, questions raised about irregularities in administration of the assets of the multi-millionaire heiress by her son Anthony Marshall as well as allegations of elder abuse and neglect (later found to be unsubstantiated by a New York Supreme Court Judge John Stackhouse ) led to protracted litigation which culminated in an agreement aimed at protecting Ms. Astor’s assets and insuring that she would receive good care.

Now, a report issued by court-appointed guardian JP Morgan Chase raises new questions and allegations about Brooke Astor’s mental competency in 2003 when she signed documents transferring about nine million dollars in various assets to her son. New York County District Attorney Robert Morgenthau has now reportedly advised potential witnesses to prepare to give grand jury testimony in the matter.