BILL POOVEY Associated Press
First Posted: July 29, 2011 - 12:12 pm
Last Updated: July 29, 2011 - 1:32 pm
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A defendant in a Tennessee horse soring case has surrendered his pre-trial bond and been locked up in response to a video that shows him building a block to affect a horse's gait and being present when a plate and bolt were inserted in a horse's foot area, his attorney said Friday.
Prosecutors seeking to revoke
Soring involves irritating a horse's foreleg and hoof to make the animal walk with a certain gait that is valued at competitions. The illegal practice can involve bolts driven into horses' hooves, attaching objects to their legs or using pain-producing chemicals.
Davis, who operates a stable, has pleaded not guilty to charges that include conspiring to violate the federal Horse Protection Act. A conviction carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison.
Three other defendants in the case, Christen Altman, 25, and Paul Blackburn, 35, both of Shelbyville, and Jeffery Bradford, 33, of Lewisburg, remain free.
A superseding indictment in April also includes charges of falsifying entry forms and other related paperwork. Prosecutors contend Davis and Altman collected payments from out-of-state clients based on false representations the animals would be legally trained and then used mechanical and chemical soring practices.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Poole declined comment Friday about the case and
"I really feel what he was doing was certainly inconsistent with what his obligations were on bond," Norton said.
Norton said he had not previously discussed a possible plea deal for
"Unfortunately in a case like this, everybody picks a corner," Norton said.
He said there a lot of witnesses and predicted the trial could take several weeks.
An attorney for Altman, Jerry Summers of Chattanooga, previously told U.S. Magistrate Bill Carter that about 30 horse owners each pay $400 a month to have