January 22, 2004 - Posted at 4:29 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, AR - The third day of a federal trial for a Pocahontas lawyer and his son accused of mailing a live snake to a family with whom they are fueding wrapped up this afternoon.
Jurors have looked at the preserved carcass of the poisonous copperhead.
Lawyer and former judge Castleman and his son, Robert Jerrod Castleman are charged with sending the reptile to Albert Coy Staton. Staton's wife, Kathy Staton, testified that she, her husband and three children, plus another adult were in Albert Staton's truck when she opened the package while her husband as driving driving. She said she screamed when she saw the snake and threw the box in her husband's lap. The box ended outside the truck on the ground. A sheriff's deputy later killed the snake with a shotgun.
The case is being heard by Judge George Howard, Jr. The Castlemans are represented by noted Jonesboro defense attorney Bill Bristow and Larry Kissee of Ash Flat. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jane Tuke is arguing the case for the prosecution.