VOL. 127 | NO. 69 | Monday, April 9, 2012
Possession of Elvis Tour Bus Not Yet Settled
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – A two-year-old feud over who owns the so-called Elvis Bus continues in a Mississippi court.
It may be a while longer before the issue is settled.
The North Mississippi Daily Journal reports that Lee County Chancellor Talmadge Littlejohn postponed a hearing this week into a challenge to the bus' title, presently held by Bill Kinard of Tupelo.
Kinard said he never wanted to sell the bus and that Tupelo bus rehabber Larry Michael stole it when he moved it to Nashville.
Michael claims Kinard owes him $134,000 for paying the bus' promissory note and for its retrieval from Washington State in early 2009. He also wants to be paid for certain "restoration" of the vehicle.
On Wednesday, Michael's attorneys agreed to delay the hearing after meeting with the judge and Kinard's lawyers.
John Spelling at busforsale.com in Nashville said when the March 31 sale deadline passed, Larry Michael's bid was the only offer for the 40-foot long, eight-foot wide 1976 vehicle with the Elvis trademark "TCB" logo.
Before court Wednesday, Kinard backed off a bit from his certainty that the King of Rock 'n' Roll actually owned the bus, saying instead that Elvis gave its purchase money to music colleague J.D. Sumner to tour with his Stamps Quartet.
Kinard and Michael have been feuding over the vehicle at least two years.
Kinard said he wants to keep the bus and take it on tour to make a living away from his Legacy Hall of Fame museum in Tupelo.
In court documents, Michael denies Kinard's allegations and countersued for the money he claims he's owed.
On Dec. 12, all sides apparently agreed to a court-filed compromise to put the bus up for sale.
But Kinard said he was under a doctor's care and should not have signed anything, which was told to Littlejohn on Wednesday.
Spelling says he expects Michael to take possession of the bus "as soon as that other fellow relinquishes the title."
Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, djournal.com
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