Prince's DNA tested for potential heirs at Cincinnati-area lab

Prince's DNA arrives at Fairfield lab, tested if person claims to be pop star's child
Published: May. 20, 2016 at 1:20 AM EDT|Updated: May. 20, 2016 at 1:03 PM EDT
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FAIRFIELD, OH (FOX19) - Prince's blood samples arrived at DNA Diagnostics Center in Fairfield to be tested if anyone comes forward as a potential child of the pop star.

The company now has a big responsibility. Under Minnesota law, any person with a verified claim to be Prince's child would go to the top of the list as the heir to his estate.

"A child would trump the siblings," Susan Link of the the Minneapolis-based Maslon law firm told the Associated Press.

DNA Diagnostics Center, the company the estate special administrator asked to use, says on its website that it tests for at least 16 DNA markers in father and child to produce genetic profiles for each person. The company claims 99.999 percent accuracy.

"I really was at the forefront of introducing DNA into the court system," Dr. Michael Baird of DNA Diagnostics Center in Fairfield told FOX19 NOW. "I'm the first person to testify in a DNA case in forensics."

Baird also testified during the O.J. Simpson trial.

So far, only a Colorado prison inmate, Carlin Q. Williams, has filed a paternity claim, stating that his mother conceived him while having sex with Prince in a Kansas City, Missouri hotel room in 1976. Williams has asked the Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide to first test people who claim to be Prince's children, then wait to test anyone claiming a more distant relationship.

"At some point we'll get samples from the court for people that will want to compare to Prince," Baird said.

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