Judge: No evidence B.B. King was abused


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LAS VEGAS — A dispute over B.B. King’s health and wealth has been tossed out of court by a judge in Las Vegas who said two investigations found no evidence the blues legend was being abused.

King’s doctor said the 89-year-old musician was in home hospice care.

Thursday’s ruling keeps King’s longtime business manager, Laverne Toney, in legal control of King’s affairs.

Three of King’s 11 surviving children said they suspect Toney was stealing money and neglecting King’s medical care.

But Clark County Family Court Hearing Master Jon Norheim said police and social services investigations in October and April uncovered no reason to take power-of-attorney from Toney.

The judge said he can’t consider daughter Karen Williams’ petition to take over as King’s guardian until every family member gets legal notice.

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