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POLSON - A drifter known for his courtroom antics and accused of trying to steal a foreclosed house in Polson is competent to stand trial.

Brent Arthur Wilson, 53, is back in the Lake County jail after being committed to the Montana State Hospital in Warm Springs, where physicians determined he was fit to stand trial.

Lake County District Judge Kim Christopher sent Wilson to the state mental hospital after he refused to participate in court hearings or to work with a public defender.

Wilson is charged with stealing a Polson-area home in foreclosure, allegedly by breaking in, changing the locks and filing documents with the Lake County Clerk and Recorder's Office filled with unusual language, including descriptions that explain the property is located on "the third planet from the sun," and that Wilson obtained ownership through "a valuable consideration paid by the trustee to the creator, yahweh."

He was arrested in January after Polson real estate agent Ed McCurdy noticed the "For Sale" signs had been removed at a $300,000 log house he was hired to sell.

In court, Wilson has repeatedly sassed the judge, calling Christopher by her given first name, "Deborah."

"You and I don't have a personal relationship," Christopher told Wilson during a hearing in March. "You will either address me as ‘the court' or ‘Your Honor.' "

"Is this a personal matter?" Wilson responded, adding later, "You look like a woman to me."

Wilson is due back in Christopher's courtroom on Thursday for an omnibus hearing.

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