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Lang's estranged husband to handle her estate

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Darius Lang in Shelby County Probate Court, Jan. 4, 2013 (Bofta Yimam / FOX13 News) Darius Lang in Shelby County Probate Court, Jan. 4, 2013 (Bofta Yimam / FOX13 News)
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Shelby County Probate Court Judge Robert Benham has granted Darius Lang, the late Officer Martoiya Lang's estranged husband, as the administrator of her estate.

Officer Lang was killed in the line of duty Dec. 14, 2012, while serving a drug warrant.

Darius Lang was granted legal power to handle business transactions for her assets. He also has guardianship of three of the slain officer's four children because he is their biological father.

Darius has custody of her teens ages 12, 13, and 14.

Anytime you are dealing with money, a pending divorce and children, a paper trail helps shed light on the history. In the three weeks after Officer Lang's tragic killing, FOX13 News has discovered police documents which show she reported domestic violence by Darius, including walking into a precinct to make sure it was documented.

After court Friday morning, FOX13 News asked Darius what others think about the safety of the children in light of the domestic violence reports that were filed.

"No comment," Darius said.

Court documents show her marriage to Darius may have been dangerous, too. FOX13 News has discovered several domestic violence reports, including assault and intimidation, filed by Officer Lang between 2004 and 2005.

"No, ma'am," Darius said if he believed the domestic violence reports filed by Officer Lang were true.

According to police records, Officer Lang said her husband Darius threw a phone that hit her in the face. Then he punched her in the mouth. Just days later, she says he pushed, grabbed and shoved her.

In 2005, Officer Lang said her husband forced her off the road while driving. After the incident she went into the Union Avenue precinct to report it in person. About a week later, she said two of their children watched Darius kick her car and make a large dent. During that incident, she told police they're separated and she had an order of protection against him.

Of all the domestic violence reports, none of the cases required medical treatment.

Most recently, the pair had a pending divorce.

"I have always been able to take care of my children and money doesn't really matter to me right now," Darius said after the court proceedings. "My main concern is for my daughters and their welfare."

While Judge Benham granted Darius the administrator of Officer Lang's assets, Darius' probate attorney Psonya Hackett, said her client hopes to also oversee the large trust fund for the children.

"Has custody of kids and expects to maintain it," Hackett said.

According to Darius' legal team, Officer Lang's mother has filed a petition to gain custody of all of the slain officer's children. Darius said he's not the biological father of Officer Lang's 2-year-old toddler, who he says is now under the grandmother's care.

"Yes, I am ma'am," Darius said if he was concerned the 2-year-old is being split up from her other sisters.

Darius said he not doing anything "at the moment" to obtain guardianship of the toddler.

Officer Lang's estranged husband said she did not leave a will.

As for the money raised in recent weeks by many in the community for Officer Lang's four children, those funds have not been dispersed yet.

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