or the broadway play West Side Story:
which is a strange juxtaposition to say the least.
A defiant proud Larry Joe Wheelon showed up for Court on Monday for his arraignment on on aggravated cruelty to animals charges dressed in a black satin jacket on the back of which was a BIg Lick Tennessee Walking Horse doing the “way high” under the arched white letters which spelled out “East Tennessee Walking Horse Association”.
Give Larry Joe Wheelon credit – no matter what you think of him – he’s no phony.
PSHA might have been wise to send a Purple Strategies person up to Maryville with some dress attire suggestions. On the other hand, if they did that, Larry Joe wouldn’t be Larry Joe. In the Preliminary Hearing, Wheelon put on a coat and tie to appear in front of the Judge. Its hard to understand since he’s now making a crucial first impression before Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington, he decided to show up as the Ambassador for the Big Lick, but he did.
You only get one chance to make that first impression, and Larry Joe Wheelon certainly made his before Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington.
Courtroom observers were interested to note that the four defendants will all have separate counsel, one of which will be a public defender.
Two counts of the indictment are conspiracy charges. If one of the owners engaged in any of the alleged practices of soring the Horses, and one of the four flips, they are only a step away from being indicted along with Larry Joe Wheelon and his accomplices.
Many think that until an owner is prosecuted as a criminal, there won’t be any real change in the Tennessee Walking Horse Racket.
Wheelon and his three alleged accomplices are afforded the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.