Out-of-town developers closed their deal on the former Walker properties on Highland Avenue Sept. 29.
However, no one from the family that owned portions of this property since 1947 and the entire tract since 2001 signed on the dotted lines that finalized this real estate transaction. Instead, Barbour County Sheriff LeRoy Upshaw, who was named the emergency guardian and special conservator for property owner Henry David Walker, Jr. on Sept. 28, closed the sale.
Barbour County Probate Court documents reveal that Walker, 37, was arrested Sept. 25 on failure to appear charges stemming from a speeding ticket and operating a vehicle without insurance citation.
Walker did not appear at the Eufaula emergency guardian and special conservator hearings or at the property closing where he cleared $178,007 from the $239,000 sale. Walker was not only incarcerated but was alleged in a local attorney’s petition for emergency guardian and special conservator to be incapacitated at the time of this transaction and required a guardian to determine the best method for his care and rehabilitation and a special conservator to bring the Eufaula real estate sale to fruition.
Barbour County Probate Judge Nancy Robertson granted Eufaula attorney Courtney Potthoff’s petition for an emergency guardian and special conservator for Walker and named Upshaw to those roles for a period of 15 days.
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