Man acquitted of cruelty to livestock animals charge
May 6, 2014 at 12:06 a.m.
Updated May 7, 2014 at 12:07 a.m.
A Victoria County jury acquitted a man of cruelty to livestock animals Tuesday.
Rory DShawn Grant, 35, was charged with not feeding or watering two horses in a pasture he was leasing about a mile from his home in the 4300 block of Guy Grant Road on Aug. 18, 2012.
Victoria County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested him in October 2012, according to earlier reports.
The trial began at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Several witnesses were called, including Victoria Police Detective Christina Tate and veterinarian Sarah Schrank.
Photos also showed a jury the horses had bones protruding, skin diseases and damaged hooves.
The jury deliberated for about an hour and a half. The state failed to prove the horses were in Grant's custody, Grant's attorney, Brent Dornburg, said.
"People kept horses there on and off back in 2011, but these were not his, nor had he ever seen them before," Dornburg said.
Grant moved to Hallettsville in January 2012 before the accusations.
Cruelty to livestock animals is a Class A misdemeanor.
If found guilty, he was facing one year in jail and could have been fined up to $4,000.