A Minnesota judge overseeing Prince’s estate narrowed down the wide pool of potential heirs for the late superstar’s fortune on Friday, ruling out nearly 30 claimants while ordering genetic testing for six purported family members.
Carver County Judge Kevin Eide’s order requires genetic testing for Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, plus three half-siblings: Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John Nelson. Ken Abdo, the attorney for the three half-siblings declined to comment. Tyka Nelson’s attorney did not immediately return a voicemail.
Eide also ordered testing for Brianna Nelson, who has claimed to be Prince’s niece, and possible grand-niece Victoria Nelson. The pair has claimed Briana Nelson’s father was Prince’s half-brother. Their attorney, Andrew Stoltman, declined to comment.
It’s unclear why the judge did not order testing for Omar Baker or Alfred Jackson, two men who were listed as half-brothers in the original petition for the court to name a special administrator to the estate, but Eide’s order includes a note that the court “is not aware of any objection or dispute” that all six siblings or half-siblings are legitimate heirs.
Jackson’s attorney, Justin Bruntjen, declined to comment. An attorney for Baker could not be immediately reached.
Prince died April 21 of a drug overdose. The process of determining his heirs and parceling out his estate has fallen to the courts because he had no known children and left no will. A DNA test has already ruled out a Colorado prison inmate who claimed to be Prince’s son.