The paternal grandmother and an uncle are seeking custody of two adolescent brothers who killed their father with a baseball bat, but the boys' mother is fighting back, saying money raised for her sons is at the heart of the dispute.
Alex King, 13, and his brother, Derek, 14, have less than six and seven years left on the sentences they are serving in juvenile facilities for the bludgeoning death of Terry King, 40, on Nov. 26, 2001, at their home in nearby Cantonment.
Terry King's mother, Joyce Tracy, and his brother, Greg King, have written Circuit Court officials saying they are best qualified to make decisions for the boys about such matters as their education, visitation rights, psychological treatment and finances.
"I would make sure that any monetary help sent to (Alex and Derek) would be used for its intended purpose," Tracy wrote. "I would make sure that (Alex and Derek) would not be exploited by the media, book writers or filmmakers."
No hearing had been set in the case as of Monday.
The boys' mother, Kelly Marino, said she already is handling their needs at their juvenile facilities and plans to move to Central Florida to be closer to them.
Marino never married Terry King, and they had difficulty supporting Derek, Alex and their younger twin brothers. She left King and the boys in 1995 and moved to Lexington, Ky., in 1998.
Greg King said the reasons he and his mother petitioned the court are complex but that they hope to work out a guardianship agreement with Marino.
When Marino left the family, the four boys were placed in a children's home until it closed less than a year later. The twins then went to a foster family and remain there. Alex stayed with his father. Derek lived with another foster family until returning home months before the murder.