Woman claims incarcerated man transferred property rights

Kelly Holleran Jan. 31, 2012, 3:16am

A Jefferson County man says he and an incarcerated man are the sole owners of a piece of property that a woman has also begun claiming an ownership interest in.

Frederick Voorhies filed a lawsuit Jan. 17 in Jefferson County District Court against Debra B. Harris.

In his complaint, Voorhies claims Debra Harris is attempting to claim a portion of Jefferson County land for herself.

The land in question belongs to Voorhies and Jack M. Harris, according to the complaint. However, Jack M. Harris was arrested and remains incarcerated at the Texas Department of Corrections.

Debra Harris is attempting to say Jack Harris transferred his ownership rights to her, the suit states.

Voorhies contends he and Jack Harris are the only owners of the property.

In his complaint, Voorhies seeks a declaratory judgment, declaring the owners of the land in question. He also seeks costs, attorney's fees and other relief the court deems just.

Bruce Neill Smith of Smith Shipley in Beaumont will be representing him.

Judge Gary Sanderson, 60th District Court, has been assigned to the case.

Case No. B191-659

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