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Accused squatter says he's willing to move out

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Lawyers say enough is enough, and it's time to evict a man accused of squatting in a foreclosed property for more than a year.

The Channel 4 I-Team has exposed the Ashley King saga every step of the way, and our investigation even led to criminal charges against King for allegedly harboring runaway girls at the house.

For the first time, Friday the accused squatter defended himself in court when he described himself as a good guy and a whistleblower.

But the I-Team has found many people feeling otherwise, including attorneys for the bank that own the foreclosed house he has been living in for nearly a year.

"It's time to get Mr. King out of his property. Enough is enough," said Attorney James Morgan.

Earlier this year, neighbors complained King was squatting in a dead man's foreclosed north Nashville home. Later, the I-Team found two teenage girls at the home, and our investigation quickly got the attention of the Metro sex crimes division which identified both teen girls as runaways.

King was charged with harboring a runaway child, but even with everything the I-Team and police have exposed, King still lives in the home without paying HOA fees, rent or a mortgage.

Friday's hearing was the latest attempt by the bank to force King out. Attorneys for the bank accuse him of filing frivolous court motions to stall the process.

King told the judge Friday he was a roommate with the former owner, and he wanted to expose how he felt his friend was tricked by the bank to pay too much for the property.

"I wanted to prove mortgage fraud," King said.

Then, King surprised everyone with the claim that he has no problem giving them the house back.

King said he is broke and just wanted the court to stop the bank from coming after him for any damages done to the house, including broken windows.

The judge said unless King comes up with more than $6,000 by the end of the day, the bank can evict him.

The courts are now closed, so we do not yet know if King came up with the money or handed over the keys.

As for those criminal charges, King is set to go to trial on those next month.

We'll keep you posted.

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