Copperhead Case Results in Indictments

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.

The indictment is the result of a joint investigation by the Randolph County Sheriff's Department, the FBI, and the U.S. Postal Service.