By AMANDA KIMBLE
STEPHENVILLE (September 20, 2016) – Asher Quinn Hoxie, 39, was back behind the bars of the Erath County Jail on Monday. It is the second time he has been jailed for the same 2015 offense, according to his attorney, Landon Northcutt.
Hoxie was arrested on Sunday by Trooper B.J. Hill. Following a routine traffic stop, the Texas Highway Patrol officer determined Hoxie had a felony warrant for his arrest for misapplication of fiduciary property in an amount ranging between $30,000 and $150,000.
Hoxie was arrested without incident and transported to the county jail. He was released Monday morning after posting a $15,000 bond on the third-degree felony offense.
Hoxie was previously booked into the county jail on June 16, 2015, and charged with misapplication of fiduciary property of more than $200,000.
His attorney, Landon Northcutt, explained the latest charge in an emailed statement The Flash Tuesday afternoon, saying it the same case being pursued by a different agency.
“Erath County dismissed the charges against Mr. Hoxie with regard to his 2015 arrest for misapplication of fiduciary property, as there was not sufficient evidence to pursue the charges,” Northcutt said. “Since Erath County refused to pursue the charges, The Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers (TSCRA) filed the same charges in Ector County, Texas, which is the county of residence of the alleged victim, Thomas Lee Taylor, Jr.”
The case, which is being led by TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, involves the local sale of 210 head of cattle and 30 horses owned by Taylor, an Odessa rancher.
According to details released by TSCRA in 2015, the investigation reportedly involved a victim battling a life-threatening disease and the sale of the animals by Hoxie after offering to care for them.
“As I stated in my 2015 response to Mr. Hoxie’s arrest, the TSCRA are (sic) not trying to protect Thomas Lee Taylor, Jr., their interest is in mitigating damages for a West Texas bank that Mr. Taylor owes money.”
Northcutt asserts the issue is a civil matter, and not a criminal one and his client is not a crook.
“Mr. Hoxie is not a ‘cattle rustler,’ this is a civil dispute and should be handled as such,” he said.
In a statement made last year, Northcutt said Hoxie was simply trying to help the purported victim – owner of Taylor Made Bucking Bulls – out of a bad situation.
“Hoxie was asked to help Taylor save the lives of rodeo livestock that Taylor abandoned on his Odessa, Texas ranch,” Northcutt said. “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.”
As the investigation continues, Northcutt said it has disrupted Hoxie’s life and unfairly made him a bad guy.
“The over-zealousness of the TSCRA has damaged Mr. Hoxie’s reputation and has greatly disrupted he (sic) and his family’s life,” Northcutt said. “Mr. Hoxie is innocent and should be treated as such.”
Calls to TSCRA Special Ranger Goodman for comment on the case were not immediately returned.
The Flash will provide an update on this story as soon as it become available.