Beaufort Brothers Locked Up Over Land

An attorney is asking a judge to release two North Carolina brothers locked in a coastal county's jail for nine months for refusing to abandon waterfront property in their family for a century.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday that Melvin Davis and Licurtis Reels have been held in contempt of court for refusing to demolish or move their houses and agree never to return.

Attorney Terry Richardson of Wilmington says jailing the brothers is designed to force them to surrender their family's ownership rights.

Their Beaufort property has been tied up in court since an ancestor died more than 40 years ago without a will. His brother claimed the land and the brothers say they didn't know their lawyer signed away ownership rights.


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  • by taxpayer on Jan 4, 2012 at 05:48 PM
    If these guys did not pay the property taxes for 40 years(not stated)Why didn't the county foreclose and take the property 39 years ago? just asking where our system is?
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 4, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    The property should go to the dead persons next of kin.why not a jury trial? do I sense hanky panky.OH! anon read the drudge report and see what the big zero has done today.enough said?
  • by Me Location: ENC on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:36 PM
    It's amazing what the tiniest bit of research leads to: http://www.lexisone.com/lx1/caselaw/freecaselaw?action=OCLGetCaseDetail&format=FULL&sourceID=baaib&searchTerm=eSdd.hLCa.UYGW.bdcX&searchFlag=y&l1loc=FCLOW To quote a part of the above: "Pursuant to this order, Davis signed the following statement: I, Melvin Davis, do hereby acknowledge that the land described in the complaint in this action belongs to the plaintiff Shedrick Reels, and I will not go upon the land for any purpose[.]Significantly, no appeal was taken from either Judge Phillips' order filed in January 1984 or from Judge Reid's order finding defendant in contempt of Judge Phillips' order. In 1985, Shedrick sold the subject property to buyers, who in turn conveyed the property to plaintiff in 1986." So, no, it's not nearly as simple as this little blurb of an article intimates.
  • by Me Location: ENC on Jan 4, 2012 at 01:35 PM
    It's amazing what the tiniest bit of research leads to: http://www.lexisone.com/lx1/caselaw/freecaselaw?action=OCLGetCaseDetail&format=FULL&sourceID=baaib&searchTerm=eSdd.hLCa.UYGW.bdcX&searchFlag=y&l1loc=FCLOW To quote a part of the above: "Pursuant to this order, Davis signed the following statement: I, Melvin Davis, do hereby acknowledge that the land described in the complaint in this action belongs to the plaintiff Shedrick Reels, and I will not go upon the land for any purpose[.]Significantly, no appeal was taken from either Judge Phillips' order filed in January 1984 or from Judge Reid's order finding defendant in contempt of Judge Phillips' order. In 1985, Shedrick sold the subject property to buyers, who in turn conveyed the property to plaintiff in 1986." So, no, it's not nearly as simple as this little blurb of an article intimates.
  • by Cboy on Jan 4, 2012 at 12:14 PM
    I find the contempt of court charge interesting, why not trespassing or other criminal charges if they don't have legal ownership? I agree with Not enough info, poor or lazy reporting.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:29 AM
    Pete, what does Obama have to do with this situation? this is a 40 year old property dispute, Obama was only about 10 when the owner died without the will. Get real and get a life!
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      by Gforce on Jan 5, 2012 at 04:12 AM in reply to
      Obama was 10 years old when this happened. I love it. Anonymous to the rescue! Thanks for clearing that up for us! Anonymous is right! Love Obama, he's our JFK, He's the only president gonna get re-elected for what he hasn't done. He hasn't cheated on his wife, and he hasn't made things worse. You Go-Obama, Your Mama raised a fine boy! :)
  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jan 4, 2012 at 10:19 AM
    Oh dear! My question is, have the men have been paying property taxes and have the deed to the property? Since they have been living there that long, they should get better treatment than this, unless property taxes are in arears. How did the attorney get the right to give away their property?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 4, 2012 at 09:26 AM
    Get real pete. Everything cannot be the fault of Obama unless you are so narrow minded that is all you can see.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:31 AM
    Communism at it's finest.re-elect O GUMBO and see what happens next.as the old song said you ain't seen nothing yet!
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      by william on Jan 4, 2012 at 11:57 AM in reply to pete
      Blaming this on Obama shows the mentality of Right Wing Christians in this country. Some local politician may have something to do with it now but more likely it started with opportunistic, ignorant or lax recordkeeping many years ago. And I'll go ahead and apologize to offended right wingers because grouping you all together is just as dumb as Pete's comment.
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      by Anonymous on Jan 5, 2012 at 08:15 AM in reply to pete
      I don't think you actually understand what Communism is, maybe you should actually read about it before providing evidence of your ignorance?
  • by Native Location: Grantsboro on Jan 4, 2012 at 08:12 AM
    Stand ya ground boys.
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