Judge to decide who owns JFK 'sniper's perch'

DALLAS (AP) - A dispute between two men who both claim to own the "sniper's perch" where Lee Harvey Oswald positioned himself to fire on President John F. Kennedy has gone to court.

State district Judge Gena Slaughter was set Monday to began hearing testimony to determine who is the owner of the actual sixth-floor window from the Texas School Book Depository.

Sixty-seven-year-old Caruth Byrd of Van, Texas, has sued 81-year-old Aubrey Mayhew of Nashville, Tenn. Byrd wants the court to declare him the owner of the true window.

Byrd says he inherited the window in 1986 from his father, former owner of the downtown Dallas building. Mayhew says he had it removed from the building in the early 1970s. The Dallas Morning News reports in its Monday editions that the lawsuit says Byrd can't get a fair market value on the window because of Mayhew's claim.

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