Accused squatter almost on ticket for U.S. Senate - WSMV Channel 4

Accused squatter almost on ticket for U.S. Senate

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The man accused of squatting in a foreclosed home and is charged with harboring runaway girls is the son of a deceased state lawmaker and almost ended up on the Democratic primary ticket for U.S. Senate, a Channel 4 I-Team investigation has determined.

A series of Channel 4 I-Team investigations exposed Ashley King squatting in a foreclosed home for nearly a year.

Our investigations also found two runaway girls at the foreclosed home, and King was later arrested and charged with harboring juvenile runaways.

The Channel 4 I-Team has confirmed that King is the son of deceased state Rep. Alvin King, D-Memphis, and gathered enough signatures in order to run for the Democratic Party primary in August.

Ashley King failed to notify the state Democratic Party as required by state law of his intention to run and was not allowed on the ballot, according to the state secretary of state's office.

Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins said Ashley King threatened to sue the state over his inability to run for U.S. Senate.

Goins said Ashley King also threatened to sue when he was told he had to provide a photo in order to vote.

"He didn't want to show his photo ID, in fact he didn't have any type of identification, he felt he should go in and vote," Goins said.

Ashley King's list of signatures shows he used the foreclosed property as his residence.

Goins said Ashley King never indicated to him why he wanted to run for U.S. Senate.

Neighbors said Bank of America, which owns the foreclosed home, hired a private company to evict Ashley King.

Neighbors also said that company did evict Ashley King, but he later moved back in.

The Channel 4 I-Team found Ashley King's car at the home Tuesday.

Our sister station in Memphis went to Alvin King's home, and a woman at the house said that Ashley King no longer lived there.

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