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Fight over the 'good beer' lands 2 in jail

ORLANDO — A fight over who gets to drink the "good beer" led to the arrest of a former Ku Klux Klan leader and his son in rural east Osceola County, the Sheriff's Office said.

Troy Hixon, 45, his girlfriend, another woman and his father, George Hixon, 73, were drinking Wednesday night when Troy Hixon threw his girlfriend down and began shooting into the ground near her, a sheriff's report said.

Troy Hixon's girlfriend, whose name was not released, told deputies that an argument began after she complained that she was forced to drink cheap beer while the men drank "good beer" — Budweiser, according to the report. The girlfriend later changed her story, claiming nothing had happened.

Father and son live on adjoining pieces of property in rural St. Cloud Manor, southeast of St. Cloud.

The Osceola County Property Appraiser's Office lists the 7-acre tract as vacant other than sheds and a fence, but the men are thought to live in mobile homes, the Sheriff's Office said.

Troy Hixon told a deputy that he "did the 'redneck' thing" and shot holes in a trash can full of water so it could drain, the deputy wrote. He told another deputy that he shot two rounds into the can to prove the gun worked.

While deputies were trying to arrest Hixon, his father began threatening to hurt them, they said. George Hixon tried to go inside his home to get a gun and was arrested on a charge of making threats toward public officials, the report states.

Troy Hixon was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, displaying a firearm during a felony and battery. Both were held at the Osceola County Jail.

George Hixon served time in federal prison in the late 1980s for possessing an unregistered machine gun.

When drug agents searched his home at the time, they found evidence that he was a leader of the Ku Klux Klan in Osceola County, officials said.

Fight over the 'good beer' lands 2 in jail 12/24/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 24, 2010 9:43pm]

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