Judge denies motion to stop sale of O'Quinn's cars

Attorney John O'Quinn was killed in a car accident, and now his estate has been called into question

August 9, 2010 10:33:33 AM PDT
A Houston judge has shot down a woman's attempt to stop the sale of some rare cars owned by the late John O'Quinn. The famed attorney's long time companion, Darla Lexington, had claimed that five of the vintage cars belonged to her and thus could not be auctioned off. None of the parties showed up for court Monday morning, rather the judge simply put out an order denying Lexington's request for a temporary injunction. She was attempting to keep the estate from possessing five rare and valuable collector's cars which belonged to O'Quinn. He died in a car crash last year.

O'Quinn's estate took possession of the 500 vintage cars and they are supposed to be auctioned off this week.

Lexington was not named in O'Quinn's will, but told the court last Friday at a hearing that she believed the five cars belonged to her, saying they were gifts. She said she wanted the five cars, worth an estimated $5 million, to be donated to a museum.

The judge's order Monday gives the estate the legal right to sell the cars.

"The court does not find the petitioner (Lexington) has established a probable right to recover ownership of the five automobiles at issue," said Judge Mike Wood.

After the judge's finding, Lexington's attorney Jimmy Williamson told us, "John O'Quinn wanted Darla to be provided for and that's the point of our case. We are confident that the eventual result of this case will be carried out in a way that John O'Quinn would want to happen."

The O'Quinn foundation released a statement saying they were pleased with the court's ruling.

"John O'Quinn was a legendary and meticulous trial lawyer. In his last will and testament, signed in 2008, John made clear that all of his property -- including his car collection -- was to go to his charitable foundation," the statement read in part.

The car auction starts this week and will take place through the weekend in California.