MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The squatter stalemate inside a $3 million east Memphis mansion continued Wednesday night, showing no signs of ending any time soon.
For several days, a woman claiming to be a sovereign citizen of the Moorish National Republic has been in the house on the 600-block of South Shady Grove Road. In paperwork filed with Shelby County late last month, Tabitha Gentry stated she was inheriting the house. A bank currently owns the house, which was in foreclosure.
Gentry was given a 24-hour deadline to vacate the property. That deadline ended at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
In the paperwork, Gentry claims to own the private property, writing that she is seizing the land in the name of Allah, the Most High, Creator of the Heavens and Earth. In her paperwork, Gentry uses the name Abka Re Bey.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, Moors are a faction of the sovereign citizens, and believe U.S. laws don't apply to them.
"I didn't think anybody could do that, they can do that?" said Wayne Beech Jr.
Beech lives near Memphis International Airport where Gentry used to live. The home is now vacant, with trash in the yard and an old spare tire resting against the garage.
"Wow they got a good realtor," Beech said as he laughed upon hearing about Gentry's new digs.
Gentry has been in trouble before. A few months ago, she was charged with bumping two Memphis Police officers with her car after they pulled her over. According to the officers, Gentry claimed to be a sovereign citizen at the time.
On Wednesday, a spokesman with the Shelby County District Attorney's Office said it was monitoring the situation. He called the matter a criminal investigation.
Memphis Police declined to comment on what could happen next.