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Custody trial of fallen Memphis Police Officer continues

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(WMC-TV) - Day three in the custody trial of fallen Memphis Police Officer Martoiya Lang proved to be dramatic once again. At the center of the case is a more than $300,000 trust fund for the four girls Lang left behind.

Lang's mother and estranged husband are fighting one another in court.

Darius Lang fathered three of the four girls. His sister testified two hours.

Natalie Lang Brooks said Lang's 12-year-old daughter treats her differently after moving in with Martoiya Lang's mother Vivian Taylor.

"She won't speak to me, she just walks past me," said Brooks.

She said it hurt deeply to learn Lang lost her life.

"She was my sister. I taught her how to drive. I taught her how to cook," said Brooks.

All her brother wanted to know was where were his children, according to Brooks.

Brooks claims the grandmother wouldn't let him see them, even keeping them away from the funeral.

"We didn't even know where they were at," said Brooks.

She said she never witnessed her brother abusing Martoiya Lang, drinking alcohol excessively or using marijuana.

"My brother is not a bad person," said Brooks.

During cross examination, she admitted she had knowledge police were called to her dad's home when Darius Lang and his father, Lovie, had an altercation.

Brooks said she heard about it. The attorney also had her read Martoiya Lang's restraining order.

"Darius Lang has physically assaulted the victim by striking her in the mouth with a telephone," said Brooks.

The judge grilled Brooks why she thinks her brother's new three-bedroom condo with his girlfriend and a two-seater pick-up are conducive for multiple children.

The case is continued until next Tuesday.

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