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Seven men cited for cockfighting in Hawkins County

8:11 PM, Jan 22, 2013   |    comments
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  • Courtesy: Hawkins County Sheriff's Department
  • Courtesy: Hawkins County Sheriff's Department
  • Courtesy: Hawkins County Sheriff's Department

Hawkins County detectives said they found dead and alive roosters, a ring, and even a trophy in a cockfighting discovery Saturday afternoon outside Rogersville.

Detective Chris Price told 10News he found the location of the cockfighting in an open building near the intersection of Poor Valley Road and Price Road following a tip.

"They said there was a large number of people. I think the dispatcher made the comment that better bring more than two to three (deputies) because it's more than they can handle," said Detective Price.

When they arrived on the scene, they found the alive roosters in crates, along with eight dead fowls in a garbage bag.

Authorities said there was no actual cockfighting during the discovery.

"We didn't locate anybody in the structure of the building when we got there, but they were found the woods," detective Price added.

He said the following men: Ricky Gene Hatley, Joseph Eugene Mills Jr., Steven Ray Wilson, Matthew Wayne Miller, Matthew David Walker, Larry Steven Helton, and Craig Robert Helton admitted to cockfighting. Each were cited with one count, which is a misdemeanor.

"They all, when we talked to them, confronted to them where everything was and what we found out and their part in it. Everybody- it ranged from 'I was there and brought some roosters to fight' to all the way to 'I was there to spectate,' which is also illegal," said Det. Price.

More citations are pending, authorities added. All the alive roosters were returned to their owners because they were not caught in the act of cockfighting during the discovery.


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