published Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Chattanooga: Snake handlers case postponed

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    A copperhead snake looks up at the Nature Museum in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

An illegal wildlife case against three local men and a Virginia man has been moved to May 16.

Defendants Tim Lunsford, 36; Derek Schrader, 20; and Michael Clark, 32 turned themselves in and posted $1,000 bonds on March 2.

Police charged the trio with illegal possesion of wildlife after TWRA officials allege they took venemous snakes from the home of Wade Westbrook hours after his death from a snakebite.

Chuck Hurd, 38, faces 48 wildlife law violations.

Agents allege he transported dozens of snakes into Tennessee illegally, one of which may have bitten Westbrook.

Read more in tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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