by SEAN KIMMONS
Two sons of the Hays County sheriff are set to go to court this month on multiple felony charges after being arrested for home burglary and drug possession in Austin last year, court records show.
Travis Cutler, 34, and Trevor Cutler, 31, face the charges after police searched their Austin home and discovered large amounts of drugs. A court hearing is slated for Feb. 13 at the Travis County courthouse.
Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler declined to comment, referring any questions to attorney Joe Turner, who represents his sons.
“It just doesn’t make sense,” Turner said Wednesday. “It’s a convoluted set of facts.”
Turner says that the Cutler brothers were out of state on a hunting trip when the burglary occurred. He questioned the charges and called them “suspicious.”
“The case is still under investigation and I hope we can clear these boys’ names,” he said.
On Oct. 25, Travis Cutler’s girlfriend Kasie Trammel, who also resides in the home, reported a burglary at their residence in the 11000 block of Cherisse Drive. When police arrived, Trammel, 27, told police that a mutual friend had informed her that Jeffrey Broho would try to break into the home while the Cutler brothers were away, an arrest affidavit says.
Later, police pulled over Borho, 33, on a traffic stop outside his home and he asked officers if this was about the burglary, which he confessed to doing. Borho advised police that he entered the Cutler home illegally because he suspected them of doing the same thing to him earlier in the year, the report says.
Borho allowed police to search his truck, home and a storage locker where he stashed the stolen property, including two laptops, jewelry, firearms and a safe containing Travis Cutler’s identification card, passport and Social Security card. Police also found marijuana in glass containers, which Borho said he got out of the safe, and added that the Cutlers grow the drug, the affidavit says.
Officers then went back to the Cutler home and received consent from Trammel to search the residence. During the search, more than 17 ounces of marijuana in plastic bags, glass jars and the freezer was seized. Officers also found about 34 grams of hashish and seven pills of methoxy-diisopropyltryptamine, a hallucinogen, located in Travis Cutler’s bedroom, according to the report, dated Dec. 28.
Materials used in growing marijuana, such as grow lights, bulbs and a ballast, were also discovered in a locked room in the house, to which Travis Cutler and Trammel only had access to the key, the report added.
Travis Cutler was arrested for home burglary, a second-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance-hashish, a second-degree felony; possession of a controlled substance-methoxy, a third-degree felony; and possession of marijuana, a state jail felony. Trevor Cutler only faces the latter charge, records show.
This isn’t the first time that Travis Cutler has dealt with law enforcement. In September 2009, he was arrested for drug possession after being stopped for speeding.
When the officer searched his vehicle, he uncovered small amounts of heroin, marijuana and methadone. Even so, the charges were dismissed due to an illegal inventory search by the arresting officer, according to the Travis County District Clerk’s Office.
Turner is adamant that the previous case is as phony as the current one.
“It was a bogus case,” Turner said. “Anybody can be falsely accused, even more than once.”
Trammel, who also goes by Kasie Johnson, is scheduled to appear Feb. 13 on felony charges for possession of a controlled substance and marijuana. Borho has a court hearing Tuesday for felony charges of home burglary, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, unlawful possession of body armor by a felony, and possession of prohibited weapons, according to records.
SEAN KIMMONS reports for the Hays Free Press where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Free Press and the San Marcos Mercury.Email | Print