TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on May 18, 2015

With a Blount County judge’ decision Friday to toss the results of a search warrant, the horse soring case against a Maryville trainer is all but over, the Daily Times reports (subscription required). Circuit Court Judge Tammy Harrington said authorities skirted the law while gathering evidence against horse trainer Larry Joe Wheelon, evidence which led to formal charges. After hearing testimony from several witnesses during Friday’s hearing, Harrington agreed to suppress the results of a search of Wheelon’s stables, stating that the “undercover” visits violated Wheelon’s Fourth Amendment rights. The Blount County District Attorney General’s Office still has the opportunity to file an appeal.