Crime & Justice

Fight over Charles Manson's estate, body in need of venue

FILE - In this 1969 file photo, Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy-murder charges in connection with the Sharon Tate murder case.
FILE - In this 1969 file photo, Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy-murder charges in connection with the Sharon Tate murder case.
AP

The fight brewing over the estate and remains of cult leader Charles Manson was narrowed to a pen pal and a purported grandson but it's not clear where the battle will be fought.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge Monday scheduled a hearing later this month to determine the county where the matter should be decided.

Manson died at a hospital in Kern County in November but was incarcerated in Corcoran State Prison in neighboring Kings County.

An attorney representing the purported grandson says Los Angeles County is the proper venue because Manson lived there before he was imprisoned for orchestrating the 1969 killings of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and eight other people.

At least two others expected to make a claim on the estate didn't show up in court.