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More people spotted in foreclosed property

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A man accused of being a squatter in a foreclosed property in north Nashville has opened the house to others, according to neighbors and video captured by the Channel 4 I-Team.

The Channel 4 I-Team went to the home on 28th Avenue North to get reaction from the accused squatter, Ashley King, after a judge ruled he did not live in the home.

We found two women at the home, hanging out laundry. When we approached to ask questions, they both went inside.

One of the women confirmed Ashley King still lived there, but did not answer when asked if she and the other woman were living there as well.

The house has been in foreclosure since 2011, but records show King has lived there since August 2011.

In January 2011, neighbors were stunned to learn Nathaniel Roscoe, who lived at 1909 20th Ave. N, was found dead inside his home.

An autopsy showed his body had been there for some time, and he died of natural causes.

So neighbors were then alarmed when they saw a stranger move into the property, knowing it had gone into foreclosure.

Keon Wimsatt, the homeowners association president, recalled when the neighbors first approached the stranger, who identified himself as Ashley King.

"We asked him, why are you here? And he (King) said, 'Well, I'm here, because I want to be here. And I will continue to be here,'" Wimsatt said.

Besides the fact that some windows are broken in the home, neighbors are also upset that King doesn't pay HOA fees.

"I pay property taxes. I pay HOA fees. When they (maintenance) come out to do those services, he (King) gets to be a benefactor of that," said Parrish Godchild, who lives in the neighborhood.

An Aug. 16, 2011, police report showed neighbors called police to report someone had broken into the house, turned on the ceiling fans upstairs, and that person had entered through a side window.

A Channel 4 I-Team investigation found that same month King put the energy bill in his name.

The metro water department shows the water bill is still in Roscoe's name, but the bill is paid each month in cash.

According to the Aug. 16 police report, police knocked on the door, and King answered.

According to the report, King told police he had a right to be at the residence and that he had made a promise to the deceased homeowner that he once worked with.

The report showed police went in and found feces remnants from the previous homeowner on the hardwood floor, and King could not provide any documentation that he was a resident.

Police told King to leave and not return.

King continues to live in the home.

Neighbors continue to ask how King gets away with living in the empty homes.

Attorneys for Bank of America, that owns the home, said King has become skilled in manipulating the legal system.

Court records show King has sued Bank of America, claiming he owns the house.

In the lawsuit, King claims he bought the home at auction, and the bid sheet shows he was the highest bidder.

Bank of America attorney Ed Wallis said King never paid after making the bid.

Earlier this month, a chancery court judge dismissed King's lawsuit and forbid him from every filing another lawsuit pertaining to the property on 28th Avenue.

King did not appear in court that day.

The Channel 4 I-Team's chief investigative reporter Jeremy Finley asked King at the house in May if he was a squatter.

"Several of your neighbors say you're actually a squatter and actually don't have any reason to be here," Finley asked

"That's not true," King said, and then shut the door.

Finley asked King for documentation that would prove he could live in the home, but King did not respond.

The Channel 4 I-Team also determined this isn't the first time King has been accused of  squatting.

In January 2008, Woodard Frost obtained a civil warrant after having to evict King.

Frost owned a vacant home in south Nashville, and said King approached his family saying he was in real estate, and offered to show the home in exchange for renting it for one month.

At the time, the state showed King did have a broker's license that has since expired.

Frost said King never paid rent, and six months later had him evicted.

"I think he's a sharp cookie to live off of someone for as long as he does," Frost said.

Frost successfully sued King for more than $3,000 in unpaid rent, but King has never paid.

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