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Suspect in soring case stays in jail

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A federal judge has ordered a Lewisburg man to remain in custody until his trial in October on charges involving an alleged conspiracy to sore spotted saddle horses and money laundering.

Barney Davis, 38, was due to appear at a detention hearing Thursday in federal court in Chattanooga but, according to court documents, Davis has decided to waive any hearing.

Davis was taken into custody by federal marshals two weeks ago for allegedly violating the terms of his bond, which barred him from having any contact with horses owned by other people, including training those horses.

Davis, along with other suspects, was indicted by a federal grand jury in March for allegedly soring horses and falsifying entry forms and other related paperwork. In April he was also charged with 13 counts of wire fraud, one count of wire fraud conspiracy and 12 counts of money laundering.

The trial is set for Oct. 18.

The indictment alleges that from 2002 to October 2010 Davis and others conspired to sore the horses and falsify documents. The purpose of the alleged conspiracy was to sore horses without being detected by the USDA and Designated Qualified Persons so that additional customers would pay Davis to board and train their horses at his barn.

DQPs are inspectors who check horses competing in shows for evidence of soring. Davis allegedly entered spotted saddle horses he was paid to train at the SSHBEA Fall Show in Shelbyville. The indictment also alleges that an endorsed winnings check from SSHBEA was deposited into Davis' bank account.

Mac Motes, president of the Spotted Saddle Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors Association (SSHBEA) has said that Davis was not a member of their association and that they have no affiliation with him. Also, Davis is not a member of the Walking Horse Trainers' Association.


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