July 3, 2003 - Posted at: 4:48 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- A federal grand jury handed down three federal indictments against a Pocahontas attorney and his son Thursday.
Attorney Bob Castleman and his son Jerrod are each charged with mailing threatening communication and mailing a non-mailable matter with the intent to injure or kill. The elder Castleman is also charged with witness tampering.
The indictments stem from a bizarre incident in which the Castlemans allegedly mailed a copperhead snake to a Pocahontas resident.
The snake was still alive when the package was opened, and Randolph County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene and shot the venomous reptile.