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Woman left with mess after Housing Authority partially evicts her

Mistaken eviction

A local woman is upset after the Housing Authority tried to evict her without the proper grounds. (WRDW-TV / Aug. 24, 2011)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- There are trash bags on the floor. Some are filled with clothes, others with dirty dishes, and one even had a mix of dirty dishes, food and clothes.

"Oh, this is what housing has done," said Brittany Walton as she walked News 12 through her house.

The reason: Walton was partially evicted before the Housing Authority stopped and put her stuff back in.

"Yesterday, Housing Authority came, a maintenance man came and wrecked my home," she said.

Her home is in Cherry Tree, which is public housing. She was charged in a triple shooting there in early June. Committing a crime is grounds for eviction in public housing, but Walton's charges were dropped.

"I went to court on June 29, and I was sent home," she said.

Late July, Richmond County filed a warrant to evict her. A week later, she appealed.

Then, she missed an Aug. 10 court date because she didn't get her mail after she says her mailbox was burglarized and vandalized.

On Aug. 19, she filed an appeal with the court, and yesterday she came home to a mess in her house.

"Threw all my stuff out the door, trashed it back in the house," Walton explained. "Food, dishes, shirts, clothes; I mean just junk in a bag."

When someone gets evicted, a marshal is there with all the paperwork. At some point during this eviction, someone noticed there was no writ of possession, or the proper document, to evict Walton.

"I've been handling my part," she said. "They're not handling their part by communicating with each other."

Now, she's left with a mess while she wonders when she'll get another court hearing as she fights to stay in her home.

"I feel harassed. I feel like I'm being harassed," she said. "Nobody don't care. They don't care, they don't. And they showed it to me that they don't care."

The Housing Authority's lawyer says the latest document he had as of Aug. 23 was the document to evict Brittany.

Earlier Wednesday afternoon, the marshal's office told News 12 they were going into a meeting on this situation and would not comment on an ongoing investigation.


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