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King’s Bible, Nobel turned over in dispute

Bernice King is battling for ownership.

Bernice King is battling for ownership.

ATLANTA — A lawyer involved in a dispute over Martin Luther King Jr.’s Bible and Nobel Peace Prize said that few words were exchanged Tuesday as King’s daughter surrendered the items, which were to be put in a safe deposit box.

A judge had ordered that the items be kept there, with the keys to be held by the court, until the dispute is settled.

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Lawyer William Hill, who represents the slain civil rights leader’s estate, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday that the Rev. Bernice King handed the disputed items over to her brother Martin Luther King III so that they could be placed in the safe deposit box during a Monday meeting that was over in less than five minutes.

Bernice King and her father’s estate, which is controlled by her brothers, are currently locked in a legal dispute over the ownership of the late civil rights leader’s personal Bible and his Nobel Peace Prize.

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