BLOUNT COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON SETS APRIL 30, 2015 TO HEAR MOTIONS IN SORING CASES AGAINST LARRY JOE WHEELON AND RANDALL STACY GUNTER

MARYVILLE, TENNESSEEBlount County Circuit Judge Tammy Harrington   conducted a Status Hearing on Friday,  January 9, 2015,  and the Court set April 30, 2015, as a date to hear Motions in the Larry Joe Wheelon and Randall Stacy Gunter  cases on aggravated cruelty to animals charges.  The  Defendants are afforded the presumption of innocence until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury of peers.

BLOUNT COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

BLOUNT COUNTY CIRCUIT JUDGE TAMMY HARRINGTON

LARRY JOE WHEELON

LARRY JOE WHEELON, ALLEGED OF SORING "SHOCK IT TO ME" ON JULY 12, 2014

LARRY JOE WHEELON, ALLEGED OF SORING “SHOCK IT TO ME” ON JULY 12, 2014

RANDALL STACY GUNTER

RANDALL STACEY GUNTER, EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

RANDALL STACEY GUNTER, EMPLOYEE OF LARRY JOE WHEELON

On December 15, 2014,   Blount County General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick conducted a Preliminary Hearing and found that Randall Stacy Gunter should be bound over to the Blount County Grand Jury on the charges set out in Count 8 of a December 2013 18 count indictment.

BLOUNT COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK

BLOUNT COUNTY GENERAL SESSIONS JUDGE ROBERT HEADRICK

USDA OIG AGENT JUDY MCMILLAN BEING EXAMINED BY ASST. D. A. MARK DAVIDSON

USDA OIG AGENT JUDY MCMILLAN BEING EXAMINED BY ASST. D. A. MARK DAVIDSON

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Then on April 30, 2015,   Judge Harrington will rule on all Motions, and set trial dates for Defendants Wheelon and Gunter.

In December 2013,  the following persons were indicted:   Larry Joe Wheelon,  Randall Stacy Gunter,  Brandon Lunsford and Blake Primm.

Mr. Lunsford was killed in an automobile accident in November 2014.

On December 15, 2014,  Blount County General Sessions Judge Robert Headrick found that the State did not meet the burden of proof necessary to establish probable cause in the case against Mr. Blake Primm, and the charge against Mr. Primm was dismissed.

The cases began when Mr. Wheelon’s barn was raided on April 18, 2013.

It is not clear if the State expects to bring any charges against Wheelon stable hand     Terry Hughes or not.   Hughes was at the Wheelon Barn on April 18, 2013, when a search warrant was served and executed.  He invoked his fifth amendment rights on December 15, 2014,  when the District Attorney Matt Dunn attempted to question him at the Gunter and Primm Preliminary Hearings on December 15, 2014.

TERRY HUGHES, FORMER WHEELON BARN EMPLOYEE,  KEY MISSING WITNESS

TERRY HUGHES, FORMER WHEELON BARN EMPLOYEE, KEY MISSING WITNESS

The trials, if any, of Larry Joe Wheelon and Randall Stacy Gunter will not take place before Summer 2015.

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