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.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Todd Location: Kentuky on Sep 13, 2007 at 07:39 PM
    I agree totally, this is rediculous that they get out of something so horrible, while some people try to burn down double kwik and get 40 years automatically! If one filed a mental illness he needs to be locked in a mental institution.
  • by Julie Location: Pensacola, Florida USA on Sep 12, 2007 at 08:39 PM
    this is a sick. what kind of morally disgusting and ethically diseased situation is going on there? how can they get away with something that horrible?there is NO difference between those 2 males and guys like Ted Bundy... they are only younger.

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