MLK children given time to work on settlement in dispute over icon's Bible, Nobel prize

Associated Press

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s children are trying to resolve a legal dispute over their father's traveling Bible and Nobel Peace Prize without going to trial.

The slain civil rights icon's estate, which is controlled by his sons, last year asked a judge to order their sister to turn over the two items. In an estate board of directors meeting, the brothers, Martin Luther King III and Dexter, had voted 2-1 against their sister, the Rev. Bernice King, to sell the two items.

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Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney on Wednesday signed an order halting all action in the case at the parties' request to allow them time to settle the matter. McBurney wrote that a hearing will be held March 25 if a settlement hasn't been reached.