Darius Lang, the estranged husband of fallen officer Martoiya Lang, spent more than four hours on the stand Thursday in probate court.
Martoiya Lang was killed while in the line of duty in December 2012.
Probate Court Judge Robert Benham is expected to rule Friday on who will be the guardian of the four children and all the money. Darius and Martoiya's mother are each fighting for custody.
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Two of Darius' children were removed from his home after a verbal argument early Thursday morning. Since it was out of control, Darius says he called 9-1-1 to diffuse the situation.
On Friday we can expect to hear from a court appointed guardian who responded to that incident and the officers involved.
But earlier in the day, Judge Benham zeroed in on Darius' financial history and his relationships.
Despite physical abuse allegations, a guilty stalking charge, and an order of protection filed by his late wife, Lang said he never physically hurt his wife.
"I always had a deep love for her," he testified.
Darius has two young children from another woman who all live with him. Judge Benham questioned his ability to financially support those two kids, plus the four he wants custody of.
Darius testified money isn't the focus, then choked up while talking about his love for his oldest child.
"She's an extension of me. I love her dearly," he said.
Martoiya's mother is fighting Darius for custody. During cross examination, her attorney pointed out Darius has not paid the court-ordered $11,000 in child support, failed to turnover social security benefits and violated the order of protection filed by Martoiya.
Darius said he paid no child support for his three daughters last year. While the appointed guardian will likely receive money, the judge grilled Darius about his financial history, specifically his 2012 tax returns.
We also learned in testimony that the Memphis Police Association gave Darius $30,000. He testified he used $10,000 of it to pay for his truck. He also has a pending DUI charge from 2012.
As for the failed child support payments, Darius said his previous attorney advised him not pay it.
Court resumes Friday at 12:30 p.m.
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