MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Managers of an apartment complex law enforcement said last week is overwhelmed with violence were in court Monday morning.
Last week, the Shelby County District Attorneys’ Office and Memphis Police declared the Peppertree Apartments a public nuisance.
Monday morning, an environmental court judge heard from lawyers representing the managers from Peppertree on the public nuisance declaration. The case was continued until Thursday.
For now, the apartments cannot accept any new tenants due to the public nuisance declaration. However, due to Monday’s court hearing being continued to Thursday, at least ten current tenants will be able to renew their leases for another year.
The judge will decide Thursday if the public nuisance will stand or be temporary.
Last week, the Shelby County District Attorney’s office declared the property a public nuisance.
The announcement came after Memphis Police said they received 1,600 calls about issues at Peppertree in the last year and a half.
More than 100 of those calls were shootings, and 15 people were shot.
“At no time has Pepper Tree or the property management company ever said that there is not room for improvement. They are constantly working on things. That’s part of the proof we intend to push forward on Thursday,” said Defense Attorney Alexander Wharton.
Wharton is representing Tesco Properties, the company that manages Peppertree.
FOX13 caught up with the managers of the Peppertree Apartments outside the courtroom Monday morning, but they had little to say.
FOX13′s Jeremy Pierre asked them about everything from the safety of the families that live at the complex to what kind of accommodations they are making for them going forward.
They replied, “No comment.”
Not even 24 hours after the public nuisance announcement, Memphis Police investigated a homicide at the Peppertree where detectives said a gunman shot a man walking from his apartment.
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