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Photo-taker won't pursue charges against fired Bandera deputy

Express-News Staff Writer

BANDERA — The Lakehills man who claimed he was assaulted after crashing a party of law enforcement personnel at his own home doesn't want to pursue criminal charges, Sheriff Weldon Tucker said Tuesday.

He said Brett Day signed a non-prosecution affidavit Tuesday regarding his complaint against Amy Price, who was fired as a Bandera deputy over the June 25 incident that also cost another deputy and Day's wife, Kim, a sheriff's dispatcher, their jobs.

Tucker said Price admitted trying to wrestle a camera from Brett Day, 35, with which he'd taken photos that showed his wife in bed with Deputy David Moore, 29.

The Days had been having marital troubles, officials said.

Whether the case is dropped is up to Bandera County Attorney Kerry Schneider, who couldn't be reached Tuesday.

In a related development, Texas Ranger Lance Coleman, who was also at the party, no longer is the primary ranger assigned to Bandera County, officials said.

"Lance Coleman did absolutely nothing wrong. He was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Ranger Capt. Clete Buckaloo, Coleman's superior in San Antonio. "With all that had taken place, I just made the decision."

He said Coleman won't be the first Ranger dispatched to Bandera County if assistance is requested, but he'd have no reservations about sending him if needed.

The embarrassing episode still has tongues wagging.

"There's so many rumors," Don Berger, chief deputy in Bandera County, said Tuesday. "One was that it was an orgy. Another was that drugs were found. None of that mess happened."

Tucker said three couples were at the party when Brett Day sneaked in the back door with a camera and shot pictures of his wife in bed with Moore.

Brett Day then rushed through the living room and out the front door, Tucker said, passing dispatcher Brady Diggs and her husband, Darren, as well as Coleman and Price, who were all in the living room.

Alerted by Kim Day to the unauthorized photography, Price chased Brett Day and struggled over the camera before Brett Day fled into the brush and called 911, Tucker said.

Both received bruises and scrapes as a result of being knocked to the ground, officials said.

Officers responding to the scene were unable to locate Brett Day, who later contacted them from San Antonio and turned over the photos June 26.

The next day Moore resigned and Tucker dismissed Kim Day, 36, and Price. Tucker described Coleman as extremely apologetic over the situation.

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