Cross-posted from KNOX News
Reported by LANCE COLEMAN
MARYVILLE — The case against a Blount County horse trainer charged with aggravated cruelty to livestock due in court this morning was reset to June 26.
Larry Wheelon, free on $5,000 bond after his April 25th arrest, was given a reset date in front of Blount County General Sessions Court Judge Robert Headrick because Wheelon needed time to consult with his recently hired attorney, Rob White, of Maryville, officials said.
According to Assistant District Attorney General Ellen Berez, Wheelon’s preliminary hearing was put on a special setting docket, “meaning there won’t be a docket with 50 to 70 other cases on it.”
Wheelon, 68, was charged after federal and local authorities removed 19 injured horses from his stables April 25.
Investigators suspect the horses’ injuries were caused by soring, a banned practice of applying caustic chemicals and chains to a horses’ front legs to produce exceptional high-stepping, known as “the Big Lick.”
Several of the horses were barely able to stand, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Wheelon also is being evicted from the stables he rents as well. Read full report >>