A state district judge on Thursday set jury selection for April 29 for former Upshur County Pct. 3 Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree and his adult son, who are charged with holding a state game warden at gunpoint, said a defense attorney.
The 51-year-old former commissioner and Todd Allen Crabtree, 28, are charged in connection with an Oct. 6 incident in which the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission said Game Warden Shane Bailey was disarmed and detained by two armed men while making a routine check for hunting law violations on private property in Upshur County. No shots were fired.
At a hearing Thursday, 115th District Judge Lauren Parish set the jury selection date, with testimony scheduled to start April 30. But she has not yet held a hearing on a prosecution motion to try the men jointly, said the elder Crabtree’s attorney, Longview lawyer Clifton (Scrappy) Holmes.
He said the defendants will plead not guilty, but that he hadn’t decided whether he will agree to their being tried jointly. Judge Parish set a pretrial hearing for April 5, Holmes said.
Longview attorney John W. Moore represents Todd Crabtree.
Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd, who is prosecuting the cases, said Thursday he had wanted a date set in “concrete” for the trial and pretrial hearing.
Each defendant faces multiple charges, and Byrd has not yet determined whether they will be tried on all the charges at once, or face separate trials for separate offenses.
The elder Crabtree, who left office at year’s end after being defeated for reelection last May, is charged with five felonies—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. (At least some of the assault charges involve making threats.)
Todd Crabtree is charged with one count each of the three types of offenses his father is charged with.