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Colorado Inmate Claims To Be Prince's Son

| by John Freund
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A Colorado inmate claims he is the son of late music legend, Prince.  

Carlin Q. Williams, of Kansas City, Missouri, is alleging that he is the heir to Prince's fortune, the Daily Mail reports. On May 9, he filed a petition to be named Prince's "sole surviving legal heir" and wants a DNA test to prove his claim.

According to an affidavit filed by Marsha Henson, Williams' mother, Henson met Prince in July 1976 at a hotel in Kansas City, and the two had unprotected sex. Nine months later, Henson claims, her son Williams was born.  

"I am Prince The Singer's Son," Williams wrote on his website, according to the Daily Mail. He is currently serving time in Colorado for illegal weapons transport.  

Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died at his home in Paisley Park, Minnesota, on April 21. The singer left no will, according to his sister, Tyka Nelson, the Daily News reports. If true, that means the responsibility lies with a probate judge to determine how Prince's vast fortune -- estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars -- is to be distributed.   

So far, only Tyka -- Prince's only full sibling -- and five other half-siblings have been listed as official heirs. However, another woman, Darcell Gresham Johnston, has stepped forward claiming to be a half-sibling of Prince on his mother's side, according to a source who spoke with the Daily News.

Ultimately, it is up to the probate judge to determine how each case is handled. 

A vial of Prince's blood was taken before the singer was cremated, in anticipation of inheritance claims, the Daily Mail notes. If a claim is determined to be legitimate, the judge is likely to order a DNA test to ascertain if in fact there is a genetic link.  

So far, Williams is the first to officially claim Prince as a father. 

"If paternity can be determined by clear and convincing evidence through DNA, the child would be recognized as Prince's sole heir and receive the assets through intestate succession," Susan Link, an estate lawyer in Minnesota, told the Daily News.

That means Williams could be in for a big payday, depending on the results of a court-ordered paternity test, should the proceedings reach that point.

Sources: Daily News, Daily Mail / Photo Credit: Facebook via Daily Mail, penner/Wikimedia Commons

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