KANAB, Utah (ABC4 Utah) We are learning more about the felony poaching case involving the mayor of Hurricane.
John Bramall was expected to make an appearance at his initial appearance hearing inside the Kane County Courthouse. But the Hurricane Mayor waved his right, along with two co-defendants.
During the first hearing for alleged felony poaching, Bramall's attorney tells Judge Marvin Bagley his client is aware of the charges, even while the Hurricane mayor chose not to go. Ryan Stout also represents Gordon and John Marble.
Stout says the reason why his clients weren't in court Thursday was because it wasn't required.
The three men are accused of third degree felony poaching on Bramall's Kane County high-fenced elk hunting park on opening day.
The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) accuses Bramall of stalking two mule deer bucks with the Marbles, and allowed the animals to be killed without the proper permits.
Investigators say one of the animals was a trophy buck with an antler width of 26.5 inches.
ABC4 Utah learned the UDWR is working on a plan to remove deer from Bramall's elk hunting park, according to the probable cause statement. In it, the arresting officer stated that before the alleged poaching, UDWR biologists also warned the mayor that it was illegal to kill mule deer within the area.
Bramall was also informed the deer would soon be taken off his property.
The next hearing for the felony poaching case is scheduled for early February.
While investigators don't believe Bramall fired his gun at the time of the alleged poaching, Utah law states anyone knowingly helping others poach are to be charged with the same crime.
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