Tarrant County Fighting Adverse Possession Claims

Two charged with burglary of a habitation

By Frank Heinz
|  Friday, Dec 30, 2011  |  Updated 2:21 PM CDT
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Adverse Possession Abuse Alleged, Two Charged

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The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office has charged two people in connection with abuse of affidavits of adverse possession.

Adverse possession is the process by which some people have been laying claim to seemingly abandoned property that was not theirs.

On Friday, officials said Andrew James LaTour II, 31, and Alicia Renee LaTour, 30, were each charged with burglary of a habitation.

The LaTour's join Anthony Brown, David Cooper and Jasmine Williams who were all charged earlier in the year with burglary of a habitation.  Cooper and Williams were also charged with theft of property over $200,000.

Officials with the county said they are working to stem the tide of adverse possession claims and, on the advice of District Attorney Joe Shannon, the County Clerk will no longer accept them.

The County Clerk, Tarrant County Bar Association and several real estate attorneys are all working together to provide pro bono defense work for property owners adversely affected by adverse possession claims.

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