Clayton, Mo. • Relatives of Mickey Carroll, who played one of the Munchkins in "Wizard of Oz," are in court arguing that a caretaker in his last years bilked the actor of nearly $500,000.
Carroll, a hypopituitary dwarf, had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease when he died in May 2009 at age 89. He lived in the St. Louis County town of Bel-Nor.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1spdgtr ) reports that Carroll's nieces and nephews sued caretaker Linda Dodge in 2011, after learning that much of the actor's estate had been depleted. A St. Louis County Circuit Court jury is hearing the case.