Jurors to Resume Deliberations in Cockfight Trial

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) -- Jurors are to resume their deliberations in the trial for five men facing charges in connection with the raid of a cockfighting operation in August 2011.
The Decatur Daily reports that all of the defendants face charges of cruelty to animals and gambling on cockfighting.
The defendants' attorney, Mark Dutton of Moulton, argued that the cruelty charges do not apply because they stem from a cockfight on private property.
Dutton also argued that gamecocks are not animals, according to Webster's dictionary, because they do not have four legs or fur.
Prosecutors say the charges stem from an August cockfighting event held in a barn where gamecocks fought in an octagon-shaped ring with bleachers and chairs on both sides.
Jurors are to continue their deliberations on Wednesday.


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