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(WBIR-Maryville) The man accused of abusing Tennessee Walking horses at his Maryville barn was back in court Wednesday.

Larry Jo Wheelon is accused of "soring" the horses, or using chemicals and other methods to accentuate the horse's signature gait in competitions.

Wheelon is a recognized name in the Walking Horse industry, with accolades and awards for his work in the field.

In 2013, the Blount County SPCA seized the animals. Later in the year, the case was dismissed after a technicality over an expert witness.

MORE INFO: Wheelon's previous hearings

On Wednesday, Wheelon's attorney, Rob White told circuit court judge Tammy Harrington that Wheelon was not given a proper preliminary hearing. He wants the case to be sent to the lower general sessions court. The state said he was given the preliminary hearing.

Judge Harrington will decide on the case placement on August 8.

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