Northcutt addresses other side of the stolen livestock debate


Editor’s note: Landon Northcutt is the attorney for Asher Hoxie, the man arrested Tuesday for allegedly stealing and selling 240 head of cattle and 30 horses. He sent this letter to The Flash.

What does the State of Texas do with abandoned livestock? They do not feed them forever for free, no they sell the abandoned livestock before the losses pile up or destroy the animals that are to emaciated to recover.

That is exactly what my client, Asher Hoxie was forced to do after trying to help Thomas Lee Taylor, Jr., Taylor Made Bucking Bulls out of a dire situation. Hoxie was asked to help Taylor save the lives of rodeo livestock that Taylor abandoned on his Odessa, Texas ranch. Taylor was in the Ector County, jail the day Hoxie came to pick up a load of livestock from Taylor’s ranch in the fall of 2012.

Hoxie provided feed, hay and grazing pastures for the abandoned livestock, and vet care for some of the bucking horses. Taylor refused to help pay for feed, labor or veterinary bills as agreed to. Taylor refused to communicate with Hoxie or retrieve the livestock.

Would a cattle thief sell the cattle in his own home county? This is not a criminal matter or cattle theft, at most this is a civil dispute and should be handled in a civil court.  You ask why the stories are so different, it’s because of overzealous Rangers with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA).  Believe me, TSCRA are not trying to protect Taylor, who is no victim, he is a full fledged criminal with a long history of theft, felonies and assaults. This incident occurred in 2012 and three years later TSCRA is attempting to mitigate damages for a West Texas bank that Taylor owes money.  I hope you can see the true picture. We ask for everyone to withhold judgment until the true facts come to light. 

Thomas Lee Taylor Jr., 50
Thomas Lee Taylor Jr., 50

Thomas Lee Taylor Jr. DOB 9-19-64

Odessa Police arrested Taylor on 9-27-14 at approximately 0238 hours for Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or

More, a 3rd Degree Felony. Officers observed a silver 2013 Ford F-150 traveling eastbound in the 3800 block of

East 42nd Street at a high rate of speed. A traffic stop was conducted on the listed vehicle and the driver was

identified as Taylor.

While making contact with Taylor, officers could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his

breath. Investigation revealed Taylor had multiple prior convictions for driving while intoxicated. Based on

the facts and circumstances presented during the investigation, Taylor was placed into custody for driving

while intoxicated 3rd or more.

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