Judge confirms Prince’s 6 siblings as heirs to his estate
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge confirmed Prince’s six siblings to be his rightful heirs in a ruling released Friday, bringing them a big step closer to collecting their shares of the music legend’s multimillion-dollar estate.
Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide formally declared that Prince died without a will and that his heirs are his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings — Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.
The siblings will still have to wait to inherit their shares of Prince’s estate, which court filings suggest has an estimated value of about $200 million, though taxes are expected to consume about half of that.
More than 45 people came forward in the wake of Prince’s death, claiming to be his wife, children, siblings or other relatives. Some, including a Colorado prison inmate who said he was Prince’s son, were ruled out through DNA testing. Others, such as a woman and girl who claimed to be Prince’s niece and grandniece, had their claims rejected as a matter of law.
Tulsa police officer acquitted in death to return to duty
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A white Oklahoma police officer acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black man will be allowed to return to work, Tulsa police Chief Chuck Jordan said Friday.
Jordan announced his decision in an emailed statement that said officer Betty Shelby will return to active duty, but she won’t be patrolling Tulsa streets. Shelby was put on unpaid leave Sept. 22 when she was charged with manslaughter in the shooting of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher.
A jury found Shelby not guilty Wednesday.
Shelby’s attorney, Shannon McMurray, told The Associated Press on Thursday that her client is unsure she would even want to go back to the Tulsa Police Department. McMurray said it would be dangerous for Shelby to patrol the streets again.
Crutcher’s family has called for city leadership to block Shelby from returning to her job.
Police seek gun used in child killing as 3 teens charged
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities on Friday sought the gun used in the killing of a 6-year-old Mississippi boy, as three jailed teenagers faced murder charges that could bring the death penalty.
Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest said Friday that authorities are looking for the weapon but are confident they have enough evidence against the three teen suspects to proceed without it.
Officials say the teens killed Kingston Frazier after stealing his mother’s car from a supermarket parking lot after 1 a.m. Thursday.
“I do not believe that it is anything other than a crime of opportunity,” Guest said, saying there was no evidence of any deeper plot besides stealing a car that Frazier’s mother left running with her child inside. Security video shows that after Ebony Archie left, another car drove up and a man got out and then drove off in her Camry.
Charged Thursday with capital murder were 19-year-old Byron McBride of Pickens, 17-year old D’Allen Washington of Ridgeland and 17-year-old Dwan Wakefield of Ridgeland. Each is set for an initial court appearance Monday morning and until then is jailed without bail in Madison County, just north of Jackson.
Guest wouldn’t say if any of the men have confessed. It’s unclear if any of the three have lawyers. Guest said he didn’t believe anyone else was involved.
All three were arrested after authorities found the body of Kingston Frazier dead from gunshot wounds in the back of his mother’s stolen car, abandoned on a dead-end road. Madison County Coroner Alex Breeland says Kingston was shot multiple times.
Man injured when motorcycle hits 10-foot gator in Florida
WIMAUMA, Fla. (AP) — A man riding a motorcycle hit an alligator that was crossing a rural Florida road, throwing him from his bike.
The Florida Highway Patrol said in a news release that 27-year-old Calun Nelson was riding his motorcycle south of Tampa early Friday when he saw the more than 10-foot alligator crossing the road in front of him. He tried to avoid the gator, but couldn’t.
Troopers say Nelson was taken to a Tampa hospital with serious injuries.
Television station WFLA reports an alligator trapper was called to retrieve the gator’s body.
It’s the second accident this week in Florida involving an alligator. On Tuesday a driver on Interstate 75 escaped serious injury when she hit an alligator near Sarasota.
Colorado governor pardons felon to stave off deportation
DENVER (AP) — Colorado’s governor on Friday pardoned a Cuban immigrant who had been mistakenly freed from prison, returned and then set free this week only to be held by immigration authorities for deportation.
Rene Lima-Marin was a toddler when his parents entered the U.S. as part of the 1980 Mariel boatlift. He was a legal resident of the United States. But that was revoked after his conviction in an armed robbery case in 2000.
Lima-Marin had initially been mistakenly released from Colorado state prison on parole in 2008, married and worked regularly installing glass. The authorities sent him back to prison in 2014, and a judge ruled this week that Lima-Marin deserved to be released.
But before he could return to his family, ICE detained him, citing the deportation order from 2000. His lawyers said a pardon was his only chance to stave off deportation.
NAACP president won’t be returning as leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sources tell The Associated Press that NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the civil rights organization’s leader when his contract expires this summer.
The sources close to the organization spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak ahead of a Friday conference call by the NAACP. A call to the organization’s national headquarters in Baltimore was not immediately returned.
The NAACP said its call would discuss an “organization-wide refresh and strategic re-envisioning to determine how best to position the organization to confront head-on the many challenges of today’s volatile political, media and social climates.”