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11:51 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Horse Trainer To Be Tried Third Time In Colt's Death

A Texas horse trainer faces a third trial in a New Mexico animal cruelty case stemming from the 2005 death of a colt allegedly struck with a whip handle.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Dona Ana County prosecutors are reviving the case against 43-year-old Greg Collier of Lubbock and that his next trial is to begin Feb. 12.

Two juries previously weren't able to reach verdicts. One jury deadlocked in 2008 on a felony charge. The second deadlocked in 2009 on a misdemeanor.

A judge ruled that Collier couldn't be retried because a statute of limitations had passed, and the state Court of Appeals ruled that a retrial would constitute double jeopardy.

The New Mexico Supreme Court in March overturned both of those rulings.

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