Deer dispute continues over medical bills

August 12, 1996|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

Oh deer -- it isn't over.

Two hunters who locked horns over a prize buck may end up in court again, but this time the dispute will be over money, not antlers.

Baltimore resident Edward L. Sanders has filed a civil suit against Charles A. Weaver in Howard County Circuit Court seeking $150,000 in damages for injuries he suffered in November when Weaver assaulted him in a dispute over a deer.

Weaver, of Glen Burnie, was convicted of assault and battery in April. He was ordered to spend 60 days in jail on work release. He also was ordered to pay $1,781 to cover medical costs.

Friday, Sanders said he filed the suit because his medical bills had been costly. Weaver broke Sander's jaw with a rifle butt and cracked two vertebrae, according to testimony in the case.

"They didn't order him to pay nearly as much restitution as the medical bills were," Sanders said. He said one bill cost him more than $2,500, but he did not specify what the total cost was.

Weaver could not be reached for comment.

The dispute between the two began when both believed they were the slayer of a prize buck -- shot in the early morning hours on former Sen. James Clark Jr.'s Ellicott City farm. A tug of war with the antlers led to Weaver assaulting Sanders with the rifle butt, according to testimony.

Pub Date: 8/12/96

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