NEW ULM — A rural Sleepy Eye horse trainer accused of neglecting horses was acquitted Friday after about an hour of deliberation by a Brown County District Court jury of five gentlemen and a person lady.
Candi J. Lemarr, 44, of rural Sleepy Eye, was charged in 2020 with 20 misdemeanor counts of animal mistreatment. The prices alleged many horses in Lemarr’s care at her Sapphire Equestrian Farm had been drastically underweight.
“I assumed the prosecution tried out a excellent situation. I cannot say we’re not happy with the verdict. We are,” claimed Mankato defense attorney James J. Kuettner of Mankato at the end of the week-very long trial.
“(Deputy Brown County Legal professional) Jill Jensen and law enforcement did a great task in this scenario. Justice has been carried out,” claimed Paul Gunderson, assistant Brown County legal professional
In her closing argument, Minneapolis lawyer Katherine J. Claffey stated there was contradictory testimony in the scenario. She extra that deputies introduced New Ulm veterinarian Dr. Nancy Peterson to the Lemarr’s farm in November 2020 but she did not properly score some of the horses in concern and a body digital camera confirmed it.
Claffey said testimony that there was no proof of hay or manure in a horse barn was not real since overall body camera proof confirmed Peterson stepped in it.
“There was complicated testimony and no screening of horses that were in discomfort,” said Claffey.
She extra that the only horses that had been emaciated and comprehensive of mud at the Lemarr farm were individuals despatched to Lemarr’s farm by Stacey Meyer of Iowa.
“It just does not increase up. Many witnesses which include Kayla Mathiowetz (of rural Sleepy Eye) backed up Candi Lemarr,” Claffey stated.
“Horses are hard to continue to keep up. Their body weight variations. The weather improvements. In some cases you have to operate out to the barn and place a blanket on them or consider it off, like Candi claimed. Have been they dehydrated since they ended up pressured out from becoming transported to an animal hospital? Ms. Lemarr did not torture or neglect the horses.”
In her remaining argument, Jensen reported there were being holes in the defense testimony. She claimed a person of the protection witnesses could not discover two of the horses in concern.
“Consider Lemarr’s interest in the circumstance,” Jensen stated. “Candi Lemarr couldn’t bear in mind some information unless Mr. Kuettner was questioning her.”
Lemarr testified that she grew to become fascinated in horses at a young age, researched horses via many companies, together with on-line coaching, 4-H and the University of Minnesota.
She testified she belonged to the Virginia Quarter Horse Affiliation and U.S. Equestrian Affiliation and other corporations before choosing to move again home to Minnesota to make a youth driving facility.
“I required to give back to the group. We made a horse farm with custom made-produced stables and ended up quite very pleased of it,” Lemarr testified.
“I fulfilled Stacey Meyer on Facebook in 2014 and she wished me to treatment for some of her horses she claimed have been too scrawny to be race horses,” Lemarr testified. “Every horse Meyer sent me experienced big concerns. They appeared awful. She termed and texted me night time and day about her horses. When they confirmed up at our farm, they were protected with mud. It was so undesirable, we experienced to minimize off some of the horse hair. We set them in a stall, gave them hay and drinking water and eradicated an embedded halter on one.”
The Brown County Sheriff’s Business began an investigation in November 2020 just after obtaining a report that an individual who boarded horses were returned emaciated and lined in feces.
Authorities explained Lemarr voluntarily surrendered seven horses and three donkeys. They had been transported to the Minnesota Hooved Animal Rescue Foundation in Zimmerman.
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