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CITY of Tulsa ordered to return crossbow to hunter

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ A municipal court judge has ordered the city to return a crossbow to a man who was made to forfeit it when he was charged with carrying a weapon in a city park.

Glen Guyton, 78, was arrested in October for carrying a crossbow, a quiver of arrows and a deer stand while making his way from private property to his Jeep.

The arrest came after police began a crackdown on hunters in Mohawk Park because two deer carcasses had been discovered and there were reports of gunshots being fired there.

Prosecutors maintained that Guyton had crossed park property with his weapon. But his defense offered maps and testimony that proved that the land he crossed was actually Tulsa International Airport property.

Guyton spent more than $2,000 in legal fees to take the matter to trial, and in May a municipal jury found him innocent.

On Thursday, Municipal Judge Burk Bishop said the city could not confiscate the crossbow based on a local ordinance banning offensive weapons.

Prosecutor David Shapiro said he plans to appeal Bishop's ruling within 10 days and that the city has the right to keep the bow until the appeal is resolved.

``I thought it'd be over after today,'' Guyton said. ``They're just out to get me.''

Defense attorney Kent Hudson acknowledged that the crossbow is a weapon _ but it is one that is legal to use for hunting. He said Guyton was arrested during bow season and has a valid permit from the state to hunt with the crossbow.

Guyton, who was a prisoner of war in World War II, uses the crossbow only for legal purposes, he said.

``He's just a man who likes to hunt,'' Hudson said.

During the hearing, Shapiro referred to Guyton as a ``poacher.'' ``He is totally bereft of the qualities of a war hero,'' he said.

Hudson said he couldn't believe Shapiro planned to appeal the case.

``He's upset that he lost today, and he's taking it personally. But it's a complete waste of taxpayer dollars and the court's time,'' Hudson said.
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