Crabtree hearing set for Thursday
Apr 04, 2013 | 1756 views | 3 3 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The pre-trial hearing for former Upshur County Precinct 3 Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree and his adult son has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday in 115th District Court, District Attorney Billy Byrd said Monday.

The elder Crabtree, 52, and his son, Todd Allen Crabtree, 28, face multiple felony charges stemming from a confrontation last October in which they are alleged to have held a state game warden at gunpoint. The Crabtrees remained free on bond Monday after the county grand jury indicted them Jan. 25.

Their pre-trial hearing was originally set for Friday. Jury selection remains scheduled for April 29, Byrd said.

The elder Crabtree was indicted on five felony charges while his son was indicted on three, according to a news release from Mike Cox, spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The charges stem from an Oct. 6 incident in which two armed men disarmed and detained Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Shane Bailey "while the officer was making a routine check for hunting law violations on private property in Upshur County," Cox wrote.

Bailey called for help on his cell phone, "and soon numerous local and state officers came to his assistance and ended the situation with no shots fired," Cox added.

The elder Crabtree, still a commissioner at the time of the incident, was indicted on three counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer; one count of taking a weapon from a peace officer; and one count of unlawful restraint with a deadly weapon, Cox said.

Todd Crabtree was indicted on one count each of aggravated assault on a peace officer; taking a weapon from a peace officer; and unlawful restraint with a deadly weapon, the news release said.

Lloyd Crabtree, who had been defeated for re-election to a third term in the May 29 Republican primary last year, left office at year's end. He and his son were initially freed on bond Oct. 7 after they were initially charged, according to an Upshur County website.

Longview attorney Clifton (Scrappy) Holmes represents the former commissioner, while Longview attorney John Moore is representing Todd Crabtree.
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Freedom is dead
October 17, 2013
By law !! Lol. Game warden can come in my house, cook himself dinner, and watch my tv !! This is why we fought the british. Wait until you are the one being violated. Then tell me the "law" is on your side. Now this man can never hunt again. Cannot defend his home and family. Why ?
William George
April 04, 2013
It was private property they should have shot him. Better not trespass on my land without warrant and some darn good reason. He should be charged not them!
Maggie Holmes
September 11, 2013
A game warden has a right by law to enter ANY premise without a warrant. He was abiding by the law, they were not!!! Any hunter knows that.