Mistrial in Fort Worth over ownership of antlers

January 11, 2012 8:33:48 AM PST
A mistrial has been declared in the official oppression trial of two former North Texas deputies who allegedly admired and then took some deer antlers a collector found in a park.

A judge in Fort Worth barred attorneys in the trial of William E. Fox Jr. and George "Tom" Wood from mentioning the two were dismissed as deputy marshals after the 2010 incident. The judge declared a mistrial Tuesday after a witness referred to the firing.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports collector Anthony Brown considers the shed antlers worthy of trophy status.

Brown testified the deputies gave "excuses" about needing to have the rack studied, then did him a "favor" by not citing him for illegally driving his four-wheeler nearby.

The defense challenged where the antlers, which jurors examined Tuesday, were found.