MOUNT DESERT, Maine — The grand larceny trial in New York of local estate owner Anthony Marshall has been postponed, according to New York media reports.

Marshall, the only child of late philanthropist and society doyenne Brooke Astor, is facing charges in Manhattan Supreme Court that he stole millions of dollars from his mother after he took control of her financial affairs. Astor, who suffered from dementia late in her life, died in August 2007 at the age of 105.

Marshall, 84, now owns Cove End, Astor’s former $6 million oceanfront estate in the local village of Northeast Harbor, where many wealthy people own seasonal summer homes.

Marshall’s trial was scheduled to begin Monday but was delayed when prosecutors asked the judge presiding over the case for more time to prepare, Newsday and and New York Daily News reported late last week. Justice Kirke Bartley agreed to give the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office until March 2 to get ready to present its case.

Marshall is facing charges of grand larceny, scheme to defraud, conspiracy, and other charges, New York City news organizations have reported.

Astor gave $200 million away in her lifetime, much of it to institutions in New York City such as the New York Public Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Bronx Zoo, and others. She also gave money to organizations on Mount Desert Island, including Northeast Harbor Library, Asticou Azalea Garden, Saint Mary’s and Saint Jude’s Parish, and College of the Atlantic.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....