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Lee Harvey Oswald s gravestone back in Texas after ownership dispute

Lee Harvey Oswald s gravestone back in Texas after ownership dispute
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The original tombstone of Lee Harvey Oswald is photographed in Poor David s Pub in Dallas on Aug. 7, 2015. (Andy Jacobsohn / The Dallas Morning News)

Published Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4:09PM EDT

DALLAS - A gravestone for President John F. Kennedy s assassin has been returned to Texas after an ownership dispute.

The gravestone has Lee Harvey Oswald s name, his birth date of Oct. 18, 1939, and his date of death, Nov. 24, 1963. It s believed to have been the original marker for his grave.

Oswald was in police custody when club owner Jack Ruby fatally shot him two days after Kennedy s death.

David Card, 75, of Dallas, has the granite marker following a settlement with Historic Auto Attractions of Illinois. The case over Oswald s gravestone was settled out of court last month, KTVT-TV reported. Details were not released.

"I m very relieved and happy to have the stone back here in Texas where it belongs," Card told the Dallas-Fort Worth television station.

Touching the 63-kilogram tombstone is like reaching down "and right into Oswald s coffin," Card told The Dallas Morning News.

Oswald s tombstone turned up missing from Fort Worth s Rose Hill Cemetery on Nov. 22, 1967, the fourth anniversary of Kennedy s assassination. It was allegedly taken as a prank by some teenagers and later recovered.

Card claims Oswald s mother put the stone in the crawl space of her home because she feared it would be stolen from the cemetery. A simpler gravestone was placed on the grave. After Marguerite Oswald died, Card s father and stepmother bought the house. Another distant relative in 2011 apparently sold the marker to the museum.

Card argued the relative did not have the authority to sell the gravestone.

Card says he might place the marker in the Sixth Floor Museum, dedicated to history of Kennedy s assassination and located in the former Texas School Book Depository, where Oswald shot at Kennedy as the president s motorcade made its way through Dealey Plaza.
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