Malcolm X's daughter faces charges

Feb. 22, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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MARS HILL, N.C., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Attorneys for the daughter of slain African-American leader Malcolm X said they hope to have bond set for the woman, who was arrested in North Carolina.

A bond hearing was scheduled Tuesday for Malikah Shabazz, 45, arrested by Madison County, N.C., sheriff's deputies on warrants from New York charging her with possession of stolen property, grand larceny, forgery, criminal possession of forged instruments and identity theft, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported.

The charges date from 2009 and do not relate to Madison County directly, officials said.

Investigators said they went to Shabazz's home Friday after the Department of Social Services received an anonymous tip requesting a well-being check on her 13-year-old daughter.

"We responded just to assist DSS in checking on the well-being of the child and found (Shabazz) had numerous warrants," Mike Garrison, chief deputy with the Madison County Sheriff's Office, said Monday.

Shabazz, the youngest of Malcolm X's six daughters, has not lived in New York for years, Sean Devereux, her attorney in Asheville, said. He said the warrants apparently were sought by an old family friend and may be related to a long-running dispute between Shabazz and her sisters over their parents' estate.

Devereux said Shabazz never was formally served with warrants.

"Until now, New York has never tried to extradite her," Devereux told the Citizen-Times. "It wouldn't have been hard to find her."

Shabazz's mother, Betty Shabazz, died in an apartment fire in 1997. Malcolm X was assassinated in New York City in 1965.

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