Laughter in courtroom as Bywater squatters 'Batman', 'Sub Zero' defy orders

Bywater squatters 'Batman', 'Sub Zero' and others defy court orders

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A rather extraordinary session took place in Municipal Court on Wednesday during the first appearance for four people accused of breaking into and taking over a vacant Bywater home.

There was open laughter in the courtroom as members of the group Washita Mu'ur nation defied court orders in various ways. Defendant Devin Garner, who at first wouldn't give his name because he said it was given to him by a corporation, was joined by co-defendants Nickolas "Batman" Adams, Dana Thornton and a fourth person who gave the name Sub Zero but was later identified as Louis Hendee.

They at first refused to rise when Judge Desiree Charbonnet entered court. They then refused to sign a peace bond. Prosecutors tried to have a high bond set, saying the defendants showed contempt for the judicial process.

The defendants claimed they were innocent of criminal trespassing charges because no one was injured by their actions.

Bond was set at $5,000 for Hendee and Adams, and $2,500 for Garner and Thornton. The judge said even if they were able to come up with the money, they would have to sign a peace bond in order to be released

All declined to be represented by a public defender, saying they would represent themselves.

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