Very poorly written story!
“Hurd originally said he had given the snake to Wade Westbrook to see if its sex could be determined.”
I have never said that! I have stated from the beginning that was not my snake that bit Wade. The family originally said it came from “Chris” not “Chuck.” And as we know now, it was Wade’s snake all along. No one took it there that day. I have had copperhead for over 30 years, if I need to know the sex, I can check it myself.
“Hicks said the snake belonged to Hurd.”
I firmly do not believe that Officer Hicks has said that and in fact, I think that by now he knows very well that snake has never belonged to me.
If this is what you are choosing to do for a living, put some effort into your reporting and try to get the facts straight before you put them out for thousands of people to read.