Pigskin gridiron fisticuffs turned political football


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A mugshot of fistfighter taken at time of the alleged assault

Waco – Jurors will likely be treated to an ordeal in sight and sound – the video account of a drunken brawl at a cabin at the Barefoot Ski Resort – if a personal injury lawsuit that is nearing critical mass goes to trial.

QuotesA passage from a deputy’s report…

Dashcam video captured the resort’s owner, Stuart Parsons, Jr., telling deputies that he would “get Parnell” and Captain Steve Smith out here to “settle this thing” if they did not go forthwith and arrest some weekend guests who he claimed trespassed on a newly completed water slide he claimed was off limits to guests in May, 2014.

Parson and two former college football players he had employed for “security” went to their cabin after he loudly decried their presence at the water slide, a second skirmish of a continuing fist fight broke out, and Toby McCarver and Randy Murphy both claim serious bodily injuries as a result. McCarver’s jaw and nose are broken, causing pain and mental anguish; Murphy’s collar bone is dislocated, and both claim damages in excess of $1 million.

A McLennan County Grand Jury declined to indict Parsons and his security guards.

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In the ensuing brouhaha, opponents of the Parnell McNamara Administration of the Sheriff’s Office brought up allegations of campaign finance impropriety involving some Dallas Cowboys football tickets.

According to election records, the McNamara campaign treasurer filed a “Correction/Amendment Affidavit for Candidate/Office Holder” on October 15, 2013, regarding the $1,000 worth of tickets Stuart Parons donated to the election campaign.

Stuart Parsons, Jr. gave the tickets to Kevin Ferguson, either individually, or as a representative of SLEAMC (Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association of McLennan County) to be used in an auction on behalf of Parnell McNamara. The tickets were auctioned and purchased by Krisita Salome, who in turn donated them back to the auction for resale.

Therefore, due to the confusing fact sequence of the donation, in addition to Kevin Ferguson originally named, Stuart Parsons, Jr., SLEAMC and Krista Salome ought to be identified as additional possible donors.”

A campaign finance report notes the tickets as a donation made by Ferguson on September 26, 2012. A campaign expense report mentions a payment to Campaign Manager Sarilee Ferguson of $7,500 for “contract labor” during a similar reporting period.

The local daily has generated much publicity regarding the matter prior to the announcement of Waco Police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton’s announcement of his intentions to enter the primary race of 2016, in opposition to Sheriff McNamara.

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