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Court will control King’s Bible, award

ATLANTA — Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize should be placed in a safe deposit box controlled by the court pending the outcome of a legal dispute over who owns the items, a judge said Wednesday.

The civil rights icon’s estate is controlled by his two sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King. Lawyers for the estate on Jan. 31 filed a complaint asking a judge to order that their sister, Bernice King, turn over the two prized items.

After arguments from lawyers for both sides, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said he believes it is likely that the estate will prevail in the case. He said he would issue an order that both items be kept together in a safe deposit box in the name of the estate but that the keys would remain with the court until the ownership dispute before him is settled.

Lawyers for both sides said after the hearing that they felt the judge’s temporary solution was fair.

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — Richland County deputies have charged an avowed white supremacist with second-degree criminal sexual conduct against a female relative under the age of 12.

Sheriff Leon Lott said 59-year-old August Byron Kreis III sexually assaulted the girl and showed her pornography. It isn’t known if Kreis has a lawyer.

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