In the week since Andrew Wordes - Roswell's Chicken Man - died in the blaze that destroyed his home and took his life, local leaders, law enforcement and those closest to him are still asking how it came to this.
. But despite no current proceedings or grievances facing Wordes by the city of Roswell, according to Assistant City Attorney Bob Hulsey, Wordes' supporters still believe the city is to blame.
The Fulton County Buzz Examiner reports Wordes longtime mortgage holder transferred the deed to a W.C. and Dora Hardeman during February 2011, but no address is listed for the couple. However, a quick Internet search reveals the pair owns several North Fulton properties. Additionally, the Transfer and Assignment document doesn't list a price for which the deed was bought.
Then, , Wordes had been placed in the Roswell Detention Center for nearly three months during the fall of 2011 for not meeting the probation requirements he was required to meet after illegally grading his property. During his time in jail, Wordes home was foreclosed upon. He had .
The feud over whether or not his foreclosure was legal left Wordes angry and ready for a fight, as he told OffGridSurvival.com in a recent radio interview.
Roswell Police and city leaders had passed on tips from local individuals to Fulton County officials that Wordes was capable of destructive behavior.
So, when Fulton County Marshal Antonio Johnson showed up at Wordes' home, March 26, and after two hours of attempting to speak with Wordes was told by a reporter to get off the property, Johnson and his men complied.
Despite a last-minute attempt by Ryan Strickland, Wordes' attorney, to get an injunction to stop the foreclosure, it wasn't going to happen.
“I personally called the judge’s chambers and talked to her staff attorney, who told me the injunction was not going to be signed. We needed to carry out the civil order,” Johnson told the Roswell Neighbor.
According to the Neighbor, prior to allegedly blowing up his home, which he saw as a symbol, Wordes had told Johnson that his "beef" wasn't with the county, but the city.