Judge rules Golden neighbors’ fence can stay

GOLDEN, Colo. -- A couple in Golden will get to keep their front yard fence after their next-door neighbor lost his lawsuit to have it taken down.

A Jefferson County judge dismissed Dave Williams' claim for a prescriptive easement after a two-day trial.

Williams sued Keith and Carol Liese over a fence they put up to keep Williams from coming onto their property.

Williams might not have helped himself when he took the stand. In one exchange with the Lieses' attorney Dennis Polk, Williams said he was trespassing on his neighbor's property.

"This may not be the most frivolous case I've been involved in but it is surely within the top 10," Polk said after the trial.

The FOX31 Problem Solvers first reported on the lawsuit last week, the day before it went to trial. The Lieses put up a fence along their property line because of what they considered inappropriate behavior from Williams.

Williams has a surveillance camera pointed at the couple's mailbox and Carol Liese said he would often come out whenever he saw her collecting her mail.

"He'll come right out and stand as close to me as he can ... incredibly creepy," Carol Liese said.

But what bothered her more is when Williams would walk into her personal space while she was gardening in her front yard.

"Turn around where you're startled, you're kind of focused and busy working, and all of a sudden, you just know someone's there [behind you]," Carol Liese said.

But when the couple put up the fence last summer, Williams sued, claiming a prescriptive easement to their property.

That's a little-known legal remedy where neighbors can claim a path to land if they've had access for 18 years.

Keith and Carol Liese

The Lieses said the lawsuit was just another example of Williams being a bully.

Williams denied the charge when confronted at his door last week.

David Williams

"I'm not a bully and I'm not a spy," Williams said. "I'm not a creep."

When asked why she told Carol Liese she was pretty and if she really wanted to marry Keith Liese, Williams said, "I don't know what she may be saying."

Carol Liese testified that part of the reason she had the fence put up was to protect herself from Williams.

After the judge ruled in favor of the Lieses, Williams was asked if the expense and time of the lawsuit was worth it.

"No comment," he said.

"Truly feel like I have a little bit more faith in the judicial system after this," Carol Liese said. "This has been a very long battle, very expensive battle."

"If you can't get your own way for something, don't be a bully just be a good person," Keith Liese said. "I think you're going to live longer and you'll be happier if you're nice to people instead of being mean to people."

The Lieses spent more than $18,000 defending themselves from the yearlong lawsuit.