Gatley may be able to speak and make business decisions soon, business associate tells court


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (News-Leader) – Details about the health condition of local landlord Chris Gatley emerged Wednesday morning during a bankruptcy status hearing held at downtown Springfield’s federal courthouse.

Chris Greene, who appeared in court as a friend and business associate of Gatley, told U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Cynthia Norton that Gatley had sustained “fairly serious internal injuries” when he was shot Jan. 27 but that Gatley’s recovery was proceeding.

Greene said that Gatley had been breathing with the aid of a ventilator, but that the ventilator was able to be taken out in recent days. He said Gatley could be able to speak and make business decisions “before the end of the week.”

“The business is operating as usual,” Greene told the court. “Everyone (in Gatley’s company) is working, with the exception of Mr. Gatley.”

Greene asked the court for an additional 30 days for Gatley to be able to file a new plan in his Chapter 11 bankruptcy case, which the judge granted.

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