In June, we reported that an investigation was being conducted into Castle Ministries, Open Hands Shelter, and its director Brenda Knight for Financial Exploitation of the Elderly, which was launched by the Tennessee Department of Human Service and the Shelbyville Police Department on May 25, 2023.
The investigation resulted in the arrest of Brenda Knight, age 57, for theft of property over ($1,000) and the financial exploitation of an elderly or vulnerable person.
She appeared in court this week. The judge initially revoked her bond because she refused to hire a lawyer or talk with the judge, claiming to be what’s known as a sovereign citizen. She did not enter a plea.
The judge later agreed to release her after she explained that she needed to move out of her home because she was being evicted. That same home has served as the organization’s women’s shelter.