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'Mansion squatter' refuses to submit mental evaluation

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Tabitha Gentry is self-identified as a Moorish National. Tabitha Gentry is self-identified as a Moorish National.
Gentry's recent appearances in court proved to be anything but quiet. Gentry's recent appearances in court proved to be anything but quiet.
A SWAT team forcibly removed her from a $3 million East Memphis home faces a judge again Monday. A SWAT team forcibly removed her from a $3 million East Memphis home faces a judge again Monday.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - An accused squatter forcibly removed from a $3 million East Memphis home faced a judge again Monday where she refused to submit to a court-ordered mental evaluation.

Tabitha Gentry, self-identified as a Moorish National, moved into a vacant mansion on Shady Grove Road with her family in March. Officers and a SWAT team raided the mansion and arrested Gentry after the homeowner was able to prove that she trespassed.

Memphis city officials said it took days to remove Gentry from the home because the burden falls with the owner and not with police.

She is charged with trespassing, burglary, and theft more than $60,000.

This is not Gentry's first arrest. She is also accused of assaulting two police officers in October 2012. The charges were not prosecuted.

Gentry's recent appearances in court proved to be anything but quiet.

She repeatedly interrupted the judge during her brief video arraignment in March.

In May, she was jailed for contempt after repeatedly interrupting criminal court judge James Lammey – following repeated warnings from him.

At that time, her attorney said that part of Gentry's case may have merit if she learns to cooperate with lawyers she called "communists" during her latest court hearing.

"She would still be allowed to represent herself, and I would be there just to answer questions ... If she's willing to hear me and we don't know that yet," said attorney Claiborne Ferguson in May.

On Monday, the judge even asked her if she is operating "in a different universe" saying she has to abide by the laws and rules of Tennessee trial – according to reports.

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