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The brother-in-law of Larry Bird has dropped terroristic threat...

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The brother-in-law of Larry Bird has dropped terroristic threat charges against the Boston Celtics star, saying he wantsthe family dispute resolved out of court.

Benjamin Campbell accused Bird, his brother and sister of threatening him in phone conversations earlier this month, but decided he did not want the case prosecuted, Assistant Jefferson County Attorney Bob Bohnert told a court hearing Monday.

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Jefferson District Judge Charles Anderson ordered the charges dropped.

Larry and Mark Bird, their sister, Linda Bird Campbell, and her estranged husband, Benjamin, were not present for the hearing.

Campbell, who is in the process of divorcing Linda Campbell, claimed the death and injury threats were made when he called to make arrangements to visit his children, Benji, 11, and John, 4, who live with their mother on property the basketball player owns in West Baden Springs, Ind.

In warrants filed earlier this month, Campbell said Larry Bird told him he would see the children over Bird's 'dead body' and promised to 'personally beat the -- out of' Campbell.

Campbell also swore that Mark Bird made similar threats against him in July and Linda Campbell threatened if he tried to visit his sons she would get her five brothers to kill him.

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Lawyers for the Birds said the charges were untrue.

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