CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) -- The lawyer for an Oklahoma hospital that accepted a half-million-dollar gift from Garth Brooks in 2005 says the country singer knew when he made the donation that it came with no strings attached.
RELATED: Country Crooners: Who Said it?
Brooks is suing to get his money back, claiming the hospital in his hometown of Yukon pledged to honor his late mother in some way. In opening statements on Wednesday, hospital lawyer Terry Thomas said Brooks only expressed a "hope" that the Integris Canadian Valley Hospital would name something for his late mother.
RELATED: Academy of Country Music Awards 2011
The singer's lawyer, Lisa Riggs, told jurors the hospital promised Brooks it would light up Colleen Brooks' name "like the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles." She said Brooks was stunned and believes he was deceived.
The trial at Claremore, Okla., could take two weeks.
RELATED: Celebs Gone Country