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Louisiana Man to be Re-Tried for Killing Eagle in Region 8

APRIL 27, 2005 - Posted at 3:37 p.m. CDT

 

LITTLE ROCK, AR - A Louisiana man found guilty on a misdemeanor charge of using a restricted pesticide that killed a bald eagle and two vultures in Izard County is to be retried July 11 on three felony charges of witness tampering.

In a federal court in Little Rock this month, Alfred M. Craft of West Monroe, Louisiana, was found guilty of the misdemeanor charge but the jury deadlocked on the felony charges.  In addition, he previously pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors in the deaths of the birds.

The birds died after eating poison set out on Craft's farm near Calico Rock.  Craft said he had intended to kill "nuisance animals" with the poison.

He has denied the witness-tampering charges that accuse him of putting pressure on two former employees and his former wife to lie to authorities to protect him.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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