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Trinity County sheriff, constable feud over release of 2 deadly conduct suspects

Rodney Overbeck (Source: TrinityCounty Jail) Rodney Overbeck (Source: TrinityCounty Jail)
Walter Overbook (Trinity County Jail) Walter Overbook (Trinity County Jail)

A Trinity County man said he feels even more threatened after his neighbors are out of jail on a P-R bond.

Authorities say the man's neighbors are charged with deadly conduct after allegedly pointing a shotgun at several people next door. Although a constable said it was not a responsible decision, the Trinity County sheriff says he followed the law when he released them from jail earlier this week.

"That's where he hit my son and right over there is where he pulled the shotgun," said Larry Mackey.

Mackey said that he doesn't feel safe with his neighbors back home on a P-R-issued bond.

"They didn't pay nothing to get out," Mackey said. "A promise to appear on somebody that pulled a gun out on seven people? How do you get away with that?"

Trinity County Sheriff Ralph Montemayor said he released the suspects for two reasons. One suspect needed medical attention. In addition, Montemayor said that he felt like the suspects were not a danger to their neighbors.

"I did visit with the family," Montemayor said. "They came to my office and voiced their concerns. I went to the Overbeck residence and visited with them on that afternoon and advised them of the concerns that the neighbor had, and they said they would have no problem with them."

Montemayor also said Walter and Rodney Overbeck told him they have no weapons, and that they would appear in court on time.

Walter and Rodney Overbeck are now back home, living next to the neighbors authorities say they pulled a gun on, but the two candidates running for Trinity County sheriff are feuding, not about the race, but about how this incident was handled.

Constable Woody Wallace, who arrested the pair, says it was irresponsible to let them out on a P-R bond.

"I think that's serious," Wallace said. "I think somebody that would go as far as to do that is a threat to society, and I think they need to be monitored a little closer for a little longer."

Mackey says after the sheriff let them out on a P-R bond, signs in support of Montemayor suddenly appeared in Overbeck's yard. Since the incident in question, Mackey is seriously considering moving away from this neighborhood.

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