Lloyd Allen Crabtree, 51, and Todd Allen Crabtree, 28, are charged with multiple felonies 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, Judge Lauren Parish of the 115th District Court set the trial date, but has not yet held a hearing on a prosecution motion to try the men jointly, said the Crabtrees’ lead attorney, Longview lawyer Clifton (Scrappy) Holmes.
Holmes said his clients will plead not guilty, but that he hadn’t decided whether he will agree to their being tried jointly. Judge Parish set a pre-trial hearing for April 5, Holmes said.
He said that as he moved forward on the cases, he would determine whether each defendant would be tried on all charges against them at once, or on the charges separately.
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.
His son is charged with one count each of those three offenses.
Byrd said Thursday that Judge Parish has not yet set a hearing on his recent motion to revoke the elder Crabtree’s bond on grounds that Crabtree had not surrendered all his firearms/ammunition, which was a condition of his bond.
One of Crabtree’s attorneys, David Moore, of Longview, subsequently said that the former commissioner had “dispossessed” himself of all his firearms and that (Moore) was working with Byrd’s office to ease its concerns.