Full day of hearings, no decision in James Brown case

AIKEN -- A court hearing regarding the estate of the late James Brown ended today without the judge deciding on whether to approve a settlement agreement that would divvy up the singer’s wealth between his heirs and the 2000 Irrevocable Trust despite receiving a recommendation by a special administrator to accept the proposed settlement.

After listening to hours of testimony and evidence on why he should approve the agreement, Judge Jack Early dismissed court about 5 p.m. with orders to the numerous attorneys present to address the concerns brought up in court before court reconvenes at a later undetermined date.

In addition to the parties agreeing that Tomi Rae Brown was the singer’s legal wife at the time of his death, the settlement agreement also stipulates that any assets and proceeds received through the estate will be divided -- 50 percent to the charitable trust; 25 percent to Ms. Brown, which includes any share to James Brown II; and 25 percent to Larry Brown, Daryl Brown, Venisha Brown, Deanna Brown Thomas and Yamma N. Brown, with another heir, Terry Brown, being added to the agreement in court this afternoon.

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