Judge rules woman can make claim to Presley estate

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis judge ruled today a woman claiming to be Elvis Presley's half sister could make a claim to Vernon Presley's estate.

The attorney representing Elvis Presley's interests said the claim will not get her anywhere.

A woman who changed her name to Eliza Presley testified in court Wednesday that she has DNA evidence that Vernon Presley, Elvis' Father, is her father.

Eliza Presley's attorney said the DNA evidence is reliable.

"They've been tested in and retested by various labs and proof is conclusive," Eliza Presley's attorney Kathleen Caldwell said.

Cameras were not allowed in the courtroom when Eliza Presley testified about the DNA. But she said she got Elvis' DNA from an envelope given to her by a person named Jesse.

When she was questioned about who Jesse is, she said Elvis is using the assumed name of Jesse.

Eliza Presley's mother Florence Clark said the story is not true.

Clark, a former Whitehaven resident who now lives in Oregon, said she never had a relationship with Elvis or Vernon Presley.

"A group of my girlfriends and I used to go to Graceland. We knew Elvis.  I met Vernon once in a crowd and other than that I don't know Vernon," Clark said.

The attorney representing Elvis Presley's interests said it does not matter if Eliza Presley is a half-sister of Elvis or not. She does not have a claim to the estate.

"Whatever relation she may be to the estate she has no entitlement to the assets," attorney for Elvis Presley's interests Bill Bradley said.

Bradley said even if Eliza Presley could make a claim to Vernon Presley's estate, the estate isn't worth anything because all the assets are now in a trust to benefit specific family members.

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