Rustling’ Charge Said Not Legal

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The Brownsville Herald
1965, February 17
ASUNCION, Paraguay (UPI)
-An attorney for a Baptist minister from Texas, imprisoned on cattle rustling charges, said today his client may soon be freed. Julio C. Cantero said the complaint filed against Jack Wood, 36, of Houston, lacks proper legal basis.”

Cantero said “Wood is accused specifically of “being the moral author of the slaughter of a three-year-old steer.”

In the worst of cases,” Cantero added, “this would be simply a case of ‘intentional damage” rustling is an unbailable offense whereas ‘intentional damage” is a much lesser crime.”

Wood, who heads a religious agricultural community 450 miles north of here, was arrested four weeks ago. He was accused of killing a steer owned by a neighboring rancher.

The manager of the Duggers Holmes Ranch, Angel de Aldecoa, filed the complaint against Wood.

Wood’s group left the United States in December, 1963, in protest against high taxes.

They settled in Paraguay under a contract with Pan Western Enterprises, the American company which owns the land they settled. Aldecoa is a vice president of Pan Western.

Wood’s wife and five children are in Asuncion awaiting his release Cantero said.

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