Ex-Upshur County commissioner, son go before judge

Ex-Upshur County commissioner, son go before judge
Longview News-Journal

POSTED: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:33am

UPDATED: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 11:44am

Scheduled pre-trial hearings for former Upshur County Commissioner Lloyd Crabtree and his son, Todd, were conducted Thursday behind closed doors — with cameras barred from the courtroom and the public excluded from hearing arguments on the motions.

Three defense lawyers, Upshur County District attorney Billy Byrd and District Judge Lauren Parish met in the judge’s chambers about an hour and a half Thursday afternoon while the public and other lawyers waited in the open courtroom.

When they emerged, all parties were mum.

The Crabtrees face multiple felony indictments stemming from an October incident in which they are accused of disarming a state game warden and holding him at gunpoint.

Byrd and Lloyd Crabtree’s attorney, Clifton “Scrappy” Holmes, said they could not comment on the cases.

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