LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. – On Friday morning, he was barred from entering his cattle farm by a Lauderdale County judge. By Saturday afternoon, the farmer accused of not taking care of his cattle was back in jail.
Judge Gil Self made it clear on Friday morning that David Coffman was not to be back out at his farm for any reason. It appears Coffman didn’t adhere to the recent addition of his bond, and is now back in the Lauderdale County Detention Center where he will stay for an undetermined amount of time.
Friday’s hearing with Coffman was to determine if the county would take custody of the cattle. With rising expenses, prosecutors said they needed to either sale the cattle or find another resolution.
In an agreement reached with Coffman’s attorney’s, he could retain ownership but a third party would have to take care of them at his own expense.
As part of the agreement, conditions were placed on Coffman in which he couldn’t go to the farm for any reason and he couldn’t own any additional cattle.
According to the sheriff’s office, Coffman was seen on the farm Saturday. When deputies pulled him over after leaving, they said he admitted to going to check on the cattle. As deputies looked into his vehicle, a partially hidden pistol was found in which Coffman didn’t have a permit to carry. He was immediately taken into custody.
Since his arrest a week earlier on animal cruelty charges, Coffman had been free from jail on a $200-thousand bond. Monday afternoon, Judge Carole Medley revoked his bond. She stated it is her belief Coffman never intended on obeying the court agreement, and as a result he will have to remain in custody.
The Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Office and Animal Control are continuing to monitor the cattle, in which the third party is tending to. Coffman faces more than 150 animal cruelty charges.