Louisa County Inquires Into Allen Deer Head Incident

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

September 27, 2006

Controversy lingers regarding U.S. Senator George Allen and what he did or did not do 30 years ago as a college student. Now, Louisa County authorities are involved in the investigation.

At issue are allegations that the senator stuffed a doe's head into a black family’s mailbox during a hunting trip in Louisa County. Wednesday, a new witness partially corroborates the story, however, Louisa County investigators say they have no evidence it ever happened.

Wednesday, a second former University of Virginia football teammate of Senator Allen's said he remembered hearing the “deer head story”, but he never heard who did it or that it was racially motivated. Allen has called the story "ludicrously false" and the Louisa County Sheriff's Department seems to back up that claim.

“We have no records to support such an accusation as far as our department is concerned and we are not finding anyone that has any kind of recollection of this,” said Major Don Lowe of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Department.

Major Lowe said the department initiated an inquiry when the first former Allen teammate came forward with the story Sunday.

The deer head incident was alleged to have occurred in the 1970's near Bumpass, Virginia

“There was no doe season back in the early 70's. It was even illegal to kill a doe deer back then in Louisa County. So if this did happen and I can't say whether it did or didn't, but if it did, it would have been an illegal deer hunt,” said Lowe.

Lowe said two deputies on the force at the time, NAACP leaders, and other witnesses interviewed have no recollection of the incident, but there is still a possibility it happened, but just was not reported.

“I'm not sure if we'll ever be able to determine with any degree of certainty if it actually did or didn't happen, said Lowe.

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