The counting is over, and Claude Dallas' attorney is satisfied that the former outlaw's seized guns and supplies are accounted for, except for a couple of items.
The items that haven't surfaced are:- A .38-caliber pistol claimed by Dallas but that doesn't show up on 6-year-old confiscation lists compiled by authorities.
- A hand-woven Navajo blanket that was seized by Owyhee County Sheriff Tim Nettleton at Bull Camp, where Dallas, a trapper, gunned down two Idaho Fish and Game wardens in 1981.
"I believe everything is pretty much there," said Caldwell attorney Renae Hoff, who represents Dallas in the battle over who gets his goods.
Hundreds of items, ranging from a saddle and pair of leather boots to a small arsenal of firearms and survi-valist books, were inventoried over the past couple of weeks under court order.
The question of who gets the long-held goods now is in the hands of 3rd District Judge Jim Doolittle. A decision is expected in a few weeks.
Doolittle ordered Nettleton to prepare a thorough list of the seized goods, under the scrutiny of Hoff and Owyhee County Prosecutor Lawrence Wasden.
Dallas, 38, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and is serving a 30-year indeterminate sentence in a New Mexico prison.
Confirmation that the items have been under lock and key dampens speculation by Dallas and his relatives that Owyhee County was freely passing around his guns and other items.
Such fears were fueled when it was revealed in September that Nettleton had given one of the seized guns - a .44-caliber pistol - to former 3rd District Judge Edward Lodge as a memento.
Lodge, now a federal bankruptcy judge in Boise, had presided over Dallas' trial. The judge denied that the gun he held for years was intended as a gift and quietly returned the weapon and a trap to the sheriff.
With a fresh inventory list in hand, Hoff and Wasden recently completed the final round of legal sparring in the case.
Owyhee County wants the guns, ammunition and other deadly weapons to help compensate for a costly criminal investigation and trial.
Dallas' former defense lawyers in Boise are seeking compensation for more than $30,000 in unpaid legal bills.
The legal issue boils down to this: Does Owhyee County have a right to the guns as the contraband of a convicted felon?
To be considered as such under state law, the items must have been found in Dallas' possession or under his control at the time of his arrest.