One Man Cited In Slaying of Tame Deer
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Two men face charges in the slaying of a tame and playful deer in a driveway on Thanksgiving Day, authorities said today.
Patrick Baber, 27, of Blair has been charged on a count of an accessory to taking a deer out of season, a misdemeanor punishable by three months in jail or a $500 fine or both, Douglas County Attorney Ron Staskiewicz said. His arraignment is scheduled Friday.
The other man was to turn himself in today. He faces a charge of taking a deer out of season, Staskiewicz said.
Authorities said the suspects were identified by investigators who traced a car license-plate number obtained by witnesses to the shooting.
The young buck approached people in the Fort Calhoun-Ponca Hills area early last week.
On Thanksgiving, witnesses said, they heard a gunshot, saw the deer fall and saw two men try unsuccessfully to put the deer in their car.
The deer was killed out of hunting season. The bow-and-arrow deer season ends Dec. 31, but the firearms season ended Nov. 22.
Illegally killing a deer carries a maximum penalty of three months in jail and a $500 fine.