published Monday, February 7th, 2011, updated Feb. 7th, 2011 at 10:13 a.m.

Bond set for man involved in snakebite death investigation

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    Chuck Hurd waits for his hearing in Judge Christine Mann Sell's courtroom Monday dealing with multiple wildlife possession charges
    Staff photo by Dan Henry

A Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge set a $10,000 bond on a man charged with 48 counts for possession of 12 snakes.

Chuck Hurd, a Virginia resident, will have to pay the bond before being released.

His next court date is March 30.


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This man should NOT have been arrested on this! He is an innocent man! Judicial system and the TWRA need to get a freakin' life and arrest REAL criminals!!!!

February 7, 2011 at 10:29 a.m.

lol...see that wildman? someone don't like what we have to say :) That's cute hehe

February 7, 2011 at 3:20 p.m.
jpo3136 said...

If this guy had stolen a car, and someone had died as a result of his actions, how many of y'all would be advocating a fine or his release from jail?

Instead, he stole a snake and created a situation where someone was poisoned to death. It's likely that this theft, and that situation, were a part of illegally selling animals.

Despite the obvious death, which is --amazingly-- not listed above as a charge, he's only charged above with possessing the animals.

How it is someone can commit a crime and hand over a stolen, lethal viper, have that snake kill someone, and not receive any kind of death-related legal charge, is beyond me. I don't understand why we don't see charges for negligent homicide or manslaughter or maiming.

If he had handed over an out of control chainsaw and death had resulted, you'd bet he'd be charged. For some incomprehensible reason, using a snake as a mechanism for promoting death seems to go uncharged beyond possession.

Yet, we see commments about how "he's paid a heavy price" after a week of bad press. I didn't realize publicity in a few local newspaper articles constituted "a heavy price."

What do we call decades in jail?

Maybe we should have a trial first, and find out what a jury thinks. Perhaps the trial can explain to us somehow why it is that a man winds up dead after these thefts, and no one is charged with handing him a predatory wild and venomous animal in a way that contributed to his death.

February 7, 2011 at 5:32 p.m.
dougbaran81 said...

What are the facts of the case? I believe very little of what newspapers report.

February 8, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.
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