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Candelaria shooters enter not guilty pleas

April 13th, 2017 under Top Stories

By JOHN DANIEL GARCIA
johndaniel@bigbendnow.com

MARFA – New Mexico hunting guide Walker Daughtery and associate Michael Bryant both pleaded not guilty on third-degree felony discharging of firearms charges at a Tuesday morning pre-trial hearing.

Daughtery and Bryant were both involved in a January shooting at the Circle Dug Ranch near Candelaria that left 26-year-old Daughtery and 59-year-old Florida chiropractor Edwin Roberts wounded. Daughtery was hospitalized until March.

Daughtery had also surrendered to authorities Tuesday morning to be booked into the Presidio County Jail and was released on a $10,000 bond. Bryant has been free on bond since his arrest in February after both he and Daughtery were indicted on the charges.

The shooting has raised controversy as a GoFundMe page was established with the fundraiser’s administrator stating that the hunting party was attacked by “illegals” during an attempted carjacking of an RV.

The story was proliferated by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

Subsequent investigations by the Presidio County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents concluded with allegations that members of the hunting party were the only shooters at the site and that there was no evidence suggesting any illegal entry into the U.S.

According to Daughtery’s attorney, Liz Rogers, the hunter has made progress in his health, but is still in recovery.

“Walker hasn’t fully recovered. He’s got a wound in his lung and won’t be back to himself anytime soon if ever, but he’s walking around and we’re happy about that,” she said.

Bryant is being represented by Alpine attorney Jamie Escuder.

The two men have been ordered to appear for next docket call on July 11.

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