Horse soring preliminary hearing transcript recovered

Cross-posted from The Daily Times
by IVA BUTLER

Larry Joe Wheelon. Photo: The Daily Times.
Larry Joe Wheelon. Photo: The Daily Times.

The court recordings for Larry Joe Wheelon’s horse soring case have been recovered and the criminal proceedings against him will resume June 9.

Wheelon, two stable hands and a farrier are charged with allegedly soring Tennessee walking horses at Wheelon’s Maryville stables.

Wheelon, 69, Miracle Drive, Maryville, and stable hands Randall Stacy Gunter, 45, Miracle Drive, Louisville, and Brandon Randall Lunsford 33, Blair Loop Road, Walland, are charged with 13 felony and five misdemeanor charges of aggravated cruelty to livestock and five charges of conspiracy to commit aggravated cruelty to animals.

Farrier Blake Tanner Primm, 45, Glen Road, Louisville, also faces one felony charge of aggravated cruelty to livestock and a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated cruelty to animals.

At a status hearing May 12 in front of Blount County Circuit Court Judge Tammy Harrington, it was announced that the preliminary hearing court recordings were “corrupted.”

Harrington extended the status hearing to give the prosecution until May 22 to see if the information on the transcript could be recovered. Read more »

Wheelon cruelty case photographic exhibit.
Wheelon horse soring cruelty case photographic exhibit. Click to enlarge.

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