State Supreme court allows retrial in beating death of horse

Posted at: 03/25/2013 2:58 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's highest court has ruled a horse trainer can be prosecuted again on charges that he beat a colt to death with a whip handle in 2006.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney's office in Dona Ana County said Monday no decision has been made yet on whether Greg Collier will be tried again on animal cruelty charges for the death of a 10-month-old colt.

Collier was acquitted of felony animal cruelty in 2009, but jurors deadlocked over a misdemeanor charge.

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that double jeopardy protections and the statute of limitations do not prohibit Collier from being retried on a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge.

Collier of Lubbock, Texas was training the horse in New Mexico for its owner, who lived in El Paso.

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