Mistrial Declared For Two Teens Charged In Horse Shooting Spree

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - The case against two eastern Kentucky teenagers accused of torturing and shooting several horses has been
declared a mistrial based on an attorney's opening statement.

The judge called off the trial when a defense attorney revealed to the jury that 18-year-old defendant Michael Damron had to take medication for impulse control.

Prosecutors challenged attorney Steve Owens' opening statement.

Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman says he based his decision on a state law that requires attorneys to give a 20-day written notice if they intend to use mental illness or defect as a defense in a criminal case. Owens did not provide a notice.

Coleman rescheduled the trial for February fourth.

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