B.B. King battle heads to court

Los Angeles Times - - CALENDAR -

Just days af­ter blues leg­end B.B. King was laid to rest, a battle over his es­tate is mov­ing from the head­lines to the court­house in Las Ve­gas.

At­tor­neys for King’s des­ig­nated ex­ecu­tor, LaV­erne Toney, have filed doc­u­ments in a Ne­vada court to fend off al­le­ga­tions that King fam­ily mem­bers were kept away in his dy­ing days, that he was mis­treated med­i­cally and that his money was si­phoned off be­fore he died May 14 at his Las Ve­gas home at age 89.

Among King’s 11 sur­viv­ing adult chil­dren, Karen Wil­liams and Patty King have been most out­spo­ken about the mu­sic icon’s care in his fi­nal days. Through their at­tor­ney, they ac­cused Toney and B.B. King’s per­sonal as­sis­tant, My­ron John­son, of poi­son­ing him to has­ten his death.

Toney and John­son dis­missed the claims as ridicu­lous, defam­a­tory and li­belous. But the al­le­ga­tion prompted an au­topsy by the Clark County coro­ner; re­sults of tox­i­col­ogy tests are ex­pected in sev­eral weeks.

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