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One Man Cited In Slaying of Tame Deer

December 1, 1987

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.

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