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Agreement reached on Brown DNA samples

A lawyer for James Brown’s partner says an agreement has been reached over obtaining DNA samples from the late soul singer’s body.
/ Source: The Associated Press

A lawyer for James Brown’s partner says an agreement has been reached over obtaining DNA samples from the late soul singer’s body.

Lawyers for Brown’s trustees wanted DNA samples to help sort out several paternity claims made against the singer since he died two months ago.

Brown’s partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, originally didn’t like the way the trustees wanted the DNA collected, her lawyer, Robert Rosen, said.

Both sides reached an agreement on how to collect the samples, Rosen said Tuesday.

“No one objected to that because if and when a court orders a DNA test, it just makes sense to have a sample and not have to take him out of his grave,” Rosen said.

Brown, who died Dec. 25 at the age of 73, has yet to be buried. His trustees have said it would be easier to collect the DNA samples before he is entombed in his final resting place.

When the DNA collection would be performed has not been decided, Rosen said.

Representatives of Hynie and Brown’s six adult children have said they reached an agreement on where to bury the singer, but have not made the arrangements public.

Hynie says she is the singer’s fourth wife and has a child with Brown. She says she wants a paternity test to prove it.

“I think my client and the children both want to have him interred with dignity in a private ceremony,” Rosen said. “This is a private matter with the family.”

Attorneys for the singer have said Brown and Hynie weren’t legally married when he died because she was married to another man when they said their vows.