Judge Bill Logue Tuesday granted a temporary injunction barring trespassing at Mount Carmel, where charred remains are still under quarantine by the Texas Department of Health.
A temporary restraining order had been in effect.
Attorney Gary Coker of Waco sought the injunction on the behalf of surviving Branch Davidians.
“If nothing else, some of the Branch Davidians have personal property out there that should be protected as best we can,” Coker said at a hearing in Logue’s 19th State District Court.
He said cult members still have property such as cars, boats and jet skis at Mount Carmel, about 10 miles east of Waco. Although the injunction names George Roden, it also applies to anyone not authorized to be at the site.
Roden is at a state mental hospital, charged with killing an Odessa man.
McLennan County District Attorney John Segrest has said Mount Carmel belongs to the Branch Davidian Seventh-day Adventist Association. The group owes $3,000 back in taxes.
Catherine Mattson, 77, said Branch Davidians hope to move their property before the quarantine is lifted.
Health officials quarantined Mount Carmel about a month after the April 19 fire that destroyed the compound and may have killed as many as 96 Branch Davidians. They cited standing water and untreated sewage as the grounds for the quarantine.
Logue denied Amo Bishop’s request to be recognized as a participant in the hearing.
Bishop, who has claimed to be Roden’s wife, said she lived at Mount Carmel briefly in the late 1980s and considers herself a Branch Davidian.
She told Logue that she and Roden had signed a contract in 1987 announcing their intent to be man and wife.
However, Roden’s legal wife, Carmen, apparently is living in Israel, Bishop said, adding that Roden never divorced Carmen Roden.
Mattson said she doubts surviving Branch Davidians will try to rebuild Mount Carmel.
“I don’t see how we can,” she said. “There’s nothing there.”
Coker who represented late cult leader Vernon Howell against an attempted murder charge in 1988, said he questions how long the Branch Davidians will remain intact.
“The members in it are like anyone else,” Coker said. “They bicker. They fight. Maybe Vernon Howell – because he was so strong, for good or evil – was the only one enabling them to all live together.
“I don’t see any strong leadership surviving,” he said. “Catherine is reasonably strong. But she’s 77 years old. I don’t think this branch of the Branch Davidians will reconstitute itself.”
In other Branch Davidian news, U.S. Magistrate Dennis Green Tuesday ordered cult member Clive Doyle held without bond pending trial.
Doyle, 52, is charged with conspiracy to murder a federal agent.
He was at Mount Carmel on Feb. 28, when four agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms died in a shoot-out with the Branch Davidians.
ATF agents were trying to arrest Howell for illegal possession of automatic weapons.
Six Branch Davidians died from gunshot wounds, according to cult members.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Johnston argued that Doyle poses a danger to community if released on bond from the McLennan County Jail.