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3 indicted for forging lawmaker's will

Three Memphis firefighters are charged with forging the last will and testament of the late Tennessee State Representative Ulysses Jones, Jr. Three Memphis firefighters are charged with forging the last will and testament of the late Tennessee State Representative Ulysses Jones, Jr.

(WMC-TV) - Three Memphis firefighters are charged with forging the last will and testament of the late Tennessee State Representative Ulysses Jones, Jr.

Jones' son said he is one step closer to closure. After an emotional court battle, his father's friend and her two co-workers were indicted on accusations they tried to steal the late lawmaker's estate from his children.

Jones, Jr., was the first fire fighter to respond to Elvis' house the day he died.

"He didn't talk about that, but it was something always brought up by people," said his son Ulysses Jones, III.

After years of championing community causes and serving as a Memphis battalion chief, the late lawmaker's legacy has been tied up in an estate battle ever since his death last November.

"To have to go through restraining orders and court dates and things said about him, then have to go through the trial," said Jones, III.

Over the weekend, the DA indicted the late representative's fellow Memphis fire fighter, Sandra Richards, along with her co-workers Avis Langford-Brannon and Beverly Prye. They're accused of forging Jones' last will and treatment to steer Jones' $100,000 estate from his surviving children and into their pockets.

"It's good to see the DA's office voted on that and finally handed down indictments," said Jones, III.

In May, a judge ruled the will a fake after two handwriting experts testified it was not signed at the hands of Ulysses Jones himself.

The family is now trying to sort through the emotions.

Jones, III, said that despite reports that Richards was his father's girlfriend, the two never had a relationship and his family doesn't know the woman.

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