Tarrant County grand jury indicts eight in adverse possession cases

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Posted on March 1, 2012 at 4:57 PM

A Tarrant County grand jury indicted eight people accused of illegally taking possession of other people’s vacant or abandoned houses.

All of the defendants were indicted in connection with the abuse of affidavits of adverse possession

They all face trial on charges of burglary of a habitation and theft.

  •  Anthony L. Brown, 62 - on one count of burglary of a habitation, one count of theft from $100,000 to $200,000. Because Brown has a prior criminal history, he is facing up to life in prison if convicted.
  • Jasmine Williams, 22 - indicted on one count of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and on one count of theft over $200,0000, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.
  •  David Cooper, 25 -  indicted on one count of burglary of a habitation, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and on one count of theft over $200,0000, a first-degree felony punishable by up to life in prison.
  • Andrew James LaTour II, 31 – indicted on one count of burglary of a habitation, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and one count of theft over $200,000, punishable by up to life in prison.
  • Alicia Renee LaTour II, 30 - indicted on one count of burglary of a habitation, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and one count of theft over $200,000, punishable by up to life in prison.
  • Sandra Selena Latour, 51- indicted on one count of burglary of habitation and one count of theft from $100,000 to $200,000 — both second degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
  • Selena Kareen Brown, 29 – indicted on one count of burglary of habitation and one count of theft from $100,000 to $200,000 — both second degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
  • Andre Brown, 30 - indicted on one count of burglary of habitation and one count of theft from $100,000 to $200,000. Both second degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
  • Billie V. Henderson, 64, - charged by the criminal district attorney’s office with misdemeanor criminal mischief on accusations he changed the locks on a house in an effort to try and take possession. Misdemeanor cases are generally not presented to a grand jury.


Tarrant County has taken multiple steps to stop this practice and halt the fraudulent use of these documents. The county clerk no longer accept the documents and local police departments have been advised to work these cases if it appears the law has been violated.

 

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