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Trial begins in Big Sandy bighorn case


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A trial has begun for a Whitehall taxidermist charged with paying $5,000 for a trophy bighorn ram that prosecutors say he knew had been shot illegally. The case is controversial because the ram was shot by an undercover Fish, Wildlife and Parks warden as John Lewton was being investigated for illegal outfitting. Lewton's trial on a Jefferson County charge of felony purchase of an illegally killed animal began Wednesday before District Judge Loren Tucker. Lewton filmed warden Justin Gibson's September 2008 hunt in the Missouri River Breaks southeast of Big Sandy. Lewton let two other men lea...

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