Tabitha Gentry Wants To Represent Herself In Court
(Memphis) Tabitha Gentry, accused of squatting in a multi-million dollar east Memphis home, was in court Monday.
Gentry was recently indicted on charges of theft of property more than $250,000 and aggravated burglary.
“I’m Abka Rey Bey, Moore American national,” said Gentry as the judge read the charges she was indicted on.
At issue Monday was a mental evaluation the court has ordered.
“That is not in my best interest to take any kind of mental or forensic evaluation and there is nothing in the American Constitution of 1791 that you can hold, force me to take a mental evaluation,” said Gentry in court.
Judge James Lammey asked for another mental evaluation Thursday and then for Gentry to appear back in court on August 13th.
“The state of Tennessee cannot bring charges against a flesh-and-blood being,” said Gentry.
Claiborne Ferguson, who is Gentry’s court-appointed attorney, said Gentry cannot be forced to take a mental evaluation.
“They will try one more time and at some point she will either be allowed to represent herself or the court will have to find that she is unable to present herself. At some point the court will have to hold a hearing to determine whether she is competent or not to represent herself,” said Ferguson.
If found guilty of the theft charge, Gentry faces a minimum 15 years in prison and she faces three to 15 years on the aggravated burglary charge.