A Special Master has rejected the claim of a Colorado man seeking more than 400 acres of land in Twiggs County.
In a report, Special Master Jim Nelson said Allan Evans has no valid claim to the land, and found that he had "no basis for his claim to title and no legal interest in any of the property claimed by him, by deed, inheritance, or by possession."
"I feel like to me, this is an answer to prayer," says Mary Casteen, who has lived in Dry Branch for more than 50 years, and was one of dozens of property owners sued by Evans.
The special master also recommended a "perpetual injunction," which would prevent Evans or anyone in the Evans family "from bringing any future legal action predicated upon any legal premise of any nature, kind, or description in regard to the land in question."
Nelson delivered a 45-page report to a superior court judge, who can issue a final judgment on the case. According to attorney Randall Harrison, judges almost always take the special master's recommendation.
The report is a victory for more than 40 landowners in the area claimed by Evans. A church and sheriff's firing range are also located in the area covered by the lawsuit.
In a statement, he added, "We intend to pursue reimbursement of attorney fees and expenses of litigation from Mr. Evans as we feel that the case had no merit in fact or in law. Mr. Evans has been relentless in his claims and has continued to make contact with various residents demanding that they vacate the property. These actions were unauthorized, vindictive in nature, and truly upsetting and had no place in this lawsuit."