Fri., October 2, 2009 8:39am (EDT)

MLK Children Could Face Civil Trial
By Associated Press
Updated: 5 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
MLK's surviving children are in a legal feud over their father's estate. (Pictured-MLK burial site in Atlanta. Photo courtesy Jason Rowland).
MLK's surviving children are in a legal feud over their father's estate. (Pictured-MLK burial site in Atlanta. Photo courtesy Jason Rowland).
The surviving children of Martin Luther King-Jr. have been given until next Wednesday by a judge to settle their differences over their father’s estate, or face a civil jury trial.

Bernice King and Martin Luther King the Third are suing their brother Dexter King. The two say Dexter acted improperly as head of the family-run corporation controlling the estate.

A Fulton County Superior Court judge says if the children can’t come to agreement, the jury selection for a civil trial would begin October 12th.

This week, the siblings held their first shareholder's meeting in five years, and the Rev. Joseph Lowery led a group of clergy and other concerned groups in a prayer vigil for the Kings' to resolve their differences out of court.