Pre-trial hearing for former Upshur commissioner rescheduled

GILMER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) -- 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 today.

The elder Crabtree, 52, and Todd Allen Crabtree, 28, face multiple felony charges stemming from a confrontation last October in which they are accused of holding a state game warden at gunpoint. The Crabtrees remained free on bond today after the county grand jury indicted them Jan. 25.

Their pre-trial hearing was originally set for this 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 when the incident occurred, 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, 2012 Republican primary, left office at year's end. He and his son were initially freed on bond Oct. 7 after they were first charged, according to an Upshur County website.

Longview attorney Clifton (Scrappy) Holmes represents the former commissioner, while Longview attorney John Moore represents Todd Crabtree.


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