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Witness: Arturo Gatti not pressured

MONTREAL -- A notary who helped Arturo Gatti and his wife draft a new will just weeks before the boxer died says Gatti wasn't pressured to sign it.

Bruce Moidel was the first witness in a civil trial in Montreal aimed at settling Gatti's multimillion-dollar estate.

Moidel testified Tuesday he suggested the couple update their wills when he heard they would be traveling without their baby son.

He says the couple he encountered in June 2009 seemed to be happy and normal.

Gatti's widow, Amanda Rodrigues, and the boxer's family are embroiled in a bitter dispute over the validity of two wills with different beneficiaries.

Moidel testified he had no reason to believe Gatti did not know what he was signing.

In addition to the will, Gatti also agreed to sign a document that would have given his Brazilian wife $1 million if he ever was unfaithful to her.

Lawyers for the Gatti family claim the boxer did not understand what he was signing in 2009 and that a previous will is valid.

Gatti was found dead at the age of 37 in July 2009 at an apartment he and his family had rented in the Brazilian seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas.

Brazilian authorities initially said Rodrigues was a prime suspect in the case, but later released her when an autopsy in that country concluded he'd committed suicide.

That report said Gatti hanged himself with a handbag strap from a wooden staircase column in their apartment.