Accused Squatter Back In Jail After Courtroom Chaos

Accused Squatter Back In Jail After Courtroom Chaos

Out of jail for less than two weeks, the accused east Memphis squatter is back behind bars after causing a commotion in a Shelby County courtroom Wednesday morning.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Out of jail for less than two weeks, the accused East Memphis squatter is back behind bars after causing a commotion in a Shelby County courtroom Wednesday morning.

Tabitha Gentry was in court facing assault charges after police say she tried to run over them with a car. She was out on bond, however that was revoked after the courtroom chaos.

Talethia Williams says she's never seen anything like it, "She talked a lot about the political... I don't understand, I don't understand a lot what she was saying."

Williams was in court when Gentry's name was called, "She was basically trying to tell the judge that he owed her for incarcerating her, for all the time that she was in jail." She explains, "He owed her $30,000 and the court system owes her for all the money that she paid, the bond money she paid to get out. It just was crazy."

Williams recognized Gentry the moment she walked in the courtroom. Gentry's been a familiar face recently. The self proclaimed Moorish American made a scene on camera keeping ABC24 out of the east Memphis home she claimed in March. She's had numerous outbursts in court, including one recently when she said, "I believe judges are incompetent."

That judge reduced her bond, helping her get out of jail. She wasn't as lucky this time. "He told her, 'You are going to get 10 days if you don't stop talking.'" Williams explains, "She kept talking. He said, '20 days,' she kept talking. He said, '30 days' so they had to rush out of court because she wouldn't stop talking."

Judge James Lammey assigned defense attorney, Claibourne Ferguson, to help Gentry if she needs guidance with the legal system. "I'm looking forward to meeting with her to see if she will allow me to assist her, to see if she will take my advice, if she wants my advice," Ferguson says, "At this point I don't even know if she will speak to me."

Ferguson says if Gentry doesn't allow him to help her, the judge could order that he take over her defense. She is currently being held without bond and is due back in court in June.

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