Hearing Delayed For Wisconsin Man Charged With Trespassing
By Jason Lamb
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A hearing for a Wisconsin man caught trespassing on property reportedly owned by Taylor Swift in Nashville has been delayed until later this month.
Jacob Kulke, 24, was scheduled to be in court Wednesday, but the hearing was reset for December 27.
Kulke's attorney Sean McKinney spoke with NewsChannel 5 Wednesday, and said Kulke will plead not guilty during that hearing. He said Kulke believed he was heading to a private meeting with Swift at the Belle Meade home because of text messages and emails traded between him and someone he thought was the superstar.
"It's Mr. Kulke's contention that there was some kind of agreement where they could meet up, almost sounds like a Romeo and Juliet type thing," said McKinney. "It's definitely within the realm of possibility that it was a planned meeting."
Kulke was charged with criminal trespassing after a security guard caught him climbing the fence at the 6,000 square foot home in Forest Hills on December 13.
Kulke's attorney says they're fighting the criminal trespassing charge because there weren't any "no trespassing" signs around the property, and he says the fence around the home wasn't an obvious enough sign to keep out.
"Usually a high wall can be an indication that a place is not open to the public, but this wall wasn't per se a barbed wire fence, it was more of a decorative wall," McKinney said.
Kulke told police he rode a bus to Nashville from Wisconsin, and then took a taxi to the home.
"I guess anybody who receives emails or text messages from Taylor Swift, I'd be on that bus, if I thought that Taylor wanted to meet me," McKinney said. "But I don't know if I'd go about it the same way."
Kulke reportedly told the officers he was in contact with the country star through Twitter, that they were dating -- and he wanted to surprise her for her birthday.
A fugitive from justice warrant has also been issued for Kulke in Colorado due to a probation violation.