Three of B.B. King’s children, Karen Williams, Rita Washington and Patty King, requested a legal guardianship over their father stating that his longtime manager, Laverne Toney, was stealing money from the musician, not giving him proper medical care and not allowing anyone to see him in his home hospice care, according to the Associated Press.
Clark County Family Court Hearing Master Jon Norheim dismissed the request for a legal guardianship on the grounds that after two investigations, there was no evidence that King had suffered from abuse.
“I don’t have anything here that says (King) lacks capacity,” Norheim said. “He has some serious health issues. But he has counsel. If he feels like he’s being taken advantage of, he has remedies.”
Norheim also stated that the petition would not be considered until all of King’s children and grandchildren are notified. Once all members are notified, the children can return to court to continue their claim.
For now, Toney will remain power of attorney and continue to be in control of King’s affairs.