Upshur County District Attorney Billy Byrd filed a motion Friday to revoke former Pct. 3 Comm. Lloyd Crabtree’s bond and have the ex-official rearrested on multiple charges stemming from an incident in which he and his son Todd Crabtree are accused of holding a state game warden at gunpoint.
Byrd said he filed the motion against the 51-year-old elder Crabtree on grounds that the former 2-term commissioner “failed to comply with bond conditions” set by 115th District Judge Lauren Parish that he surrender all his guns and ammunition to a Texas Ranger by 6 p.m. Thursday.
Byrd said he believed Crabtree’s father surrendered a shotgun and rifle for Lloyd Crabtree, but no ammunition—to the Ranger Thursday. The district attorney said “I believe I have evidence” that Lloyd Crabtree had not surrendered everything he was required to.
The motion filed Friday asks Judge Parish for an immediate hearing to let the state show proof of its charge, Byrd said. But on Monday, he said it appeared no hearing would be held before next week, because Crabtree’s attorney, Longview lawyer Clifton (“Scrappy”) Holmes, would be unavailable until then.
Byrd said an area newspaper quoted Holmes as saying there had been a “miscommunication” in the case, but the district attorney said “I have no idea” what that meant. Holmes was unavailable for comment when The Mirror attempted to reach him by telephone Monday morning.
Byrd said Monday that no warrant will be issued for Crabtree’s rearrest, pending the hearing.
The prosecutor had said Friday he had no evidence that Crabtree’s 28-year-old son, Todd Allen Crabtree, failed to surrender all his guns and ammunition as required under his bond conditions. Three guns belonging to the younger Crabtree were turned in, Byrd said.
The Crabtrees were released last Wednesday night from Upshur County Jail after Judge Parish lowered their bonds from $1.5 million each to $150,000 for the former commissioner and $100,000 for his son. They had turned themselves in the prior Friday, when the county Grand Jury indicted them on multiple felony charges stemming from the Oct. 6 incident.
A condition of the Crabtrees’ lowered bond was that they turn in all firearms and ammunition they own to a Ranger at the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Gilmer by 6 p.m. Thursday.
The father and son are charged in an incident in which The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife has said Game Warden Shane Bailey was disarmed and detained by two armed men when he went onto private property to check on possible hunting law violations.