FORT WORTH, Texas — Well-known minister and televangelist T.D. Jakes has dropped his lawsuit against a former church member who he accused of stalking him for almost three years.
The motion to drop the suit against Karleisha Tarver, 31, was filed late Wednesday a few days after a court hearing in which it was learned that the woman was not mentally competent to understand a court order to stay away from Jakes, his family and staff.
Tom Hall, a Fort Worth attorney appointed by state District Judge Susan McCoy to represent Tarver, said the case was an "unfair fight." Hall said that after the hearing which was held Monday on a temporary injunction, he contacted Jakes' attorney Faith Johnson.
"It is very difficult to go forward with a case like this with Tarver's mental condition," Hall said. He did not provide additional details.
Johnson could not be reached for comment Thursday.
Tarver is currently in the medical unit of the Tarrant County jail, but Hall said she will be transferred back to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center in Dallas County where she faces a criminal trespass charge after she was arrested on Feb. 26 for trying to enter the Potter's House, Jakes' church.
During the hearing, Johnson told McCoy, "We are concerned that Miss Tarver may not understand your (McCoy's) order even if you did grant a temporary injunction."
McCoy asked Tarver about her name and date of birth and whether she could hear the questions, but Tarver was unresponsive other than to say, "I can hear" and "Blasphemy."
McCoy then asked, "Do you understand that what they are alleging is that he (Jakes) wants you to leave his home and ministry alone and to be far away. Do you understand that people believe that you have the potential to do harm."
Tarver did not respond to the judge's questions.