Blount Co. DA: Larry Wheelon could face grand jury

12:43 PM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
  • Larry Wheelon, 68, of Maryville
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(WBIR-Maryville) More legal action could be brewing against the man at the center of a high-profile horse abuse case.

The Blount County District Attorney Mike Flynn said he's considering whether to take the Larry Wheelon case before a grand jury. Wheelon faced a count of animal cruelty, after authorities seized nearly 20 horses from his Blount County farm in April.

Larry Wheelon, 68, of Maryville was accused of "soring" or injecting chemicals into Tennessee Walking Horses' hooves to accentuate their gait. The practice is used to improve performances in shows.

Wheelon insisted Tuesday he did nothing wrong, days after charges were dismissed in a Blount County court. Last week, the case was dismissed due to a technicality in general court. Defense attorney, Rob White, said the judge ruled there was not enough evidence for the case to continue.

If the DA decides to take the case before a grand jury, then Wheelon's case would go to the circuit court.

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