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Moore Co. man found not guilty of animal cruelty

Posted October 28, 2008

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— A Moore County judge found Cameron farmer Billy Campbell not guilty of animal cruelty charges Monday after evidence in the case was found to be invalid.

Campbell faced nine misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals after authorities seized horses, llamas and cattle from his 71-acre Hilltop Stables at 2957 Cypress Church Road in May.

District Judge James P. Hill said the search warrant for Campbell's farm was missing an affidavit. He ruled that none of the evidence seized during the raid could be admitted into court.

Bruce Jenkins, Campbell's attorney, had called the validity of the search warrant into question.

At the time of the raid, Animal Control Officer Frank Ringelberg called the seizure "the largest in Moore County."

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  • sandhillsk9 Oct 29, 2008

    IF YOU READ THE LOCAL PRESS .. THE PILOT .. YOU WILL FIND OUT THE ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER DID EVERYTHING BY THE BOOK .. THE AFFIDAVIT WAS FILED .. BUT GOT LOST IN THE COURT SYSTEM ...
    HOW CONV. WHEN THE ONLY CARACTER WITNESS CALL WAS THE LIFETIME BUDDY AND ALSO ELECTED SHERIFF .. HOW COME 9 AFFIDAVITS FOR THE CHARGES WAS FOUND AND ONLY THE ONE FOR THE SEARCH WARRANT WAS MISSING ...

  • NotFromHere Oct 28, 2008

    "All the cop had to do was comply with Cop Basics 101 and submit the affidavit as required. Don't get mad at the legal system for upholding the rules. Get mad at the cop for breaking the rules."

    Can we get mad at the stupid judges who have no common sense. Working in foster care for 20 years, I've seen them send children back to abusive parents because of stupidity like this. Then the judges always claim to have no responsibility in the matter.

    Funny how judges don't mind making rulings in areas where they have no jurisdiction, but when it comes to protecting the innocent victims, they follow the law.

  • RonnieR Oct 28, 2008

    The 4th Amendment SW provisionsprotect evryone from unreasonable search and seizure. Now just getting the AOC SW form and filling out the SW part w/o the affidavit and serving it doesn't make a vaild SW. Those folks talking about technicallities would be singing a different song if it happened to them.

  • patron Oct 28, 2008

    This is another example of why so many have begun to disrespect the legal system. The System works, but common-sense justice is no where in sight.

  • Ladybug008 Oct 28, 2008

    So horses w/protruding ribs is not considered animal crulty if all the papework's not in order! That's just wrong & once again the animals suffer for it!!!! I hope Moore County animal control & the neighbor's of this man watch him very carefuly! He shouldn't get these animals back!!!

  • clintoflannagan Oct 28, 2008

    All the cop had to do was comply with Cop Basics 101 and submit the affidavit as required. Don't get mad at the legal system for upholding the rules. Get mad at the cop for breaking the rules.

  • mypuckytaz Oct 28, 2008

    So another words human error again causes animals to suffer.

  • RonnieR Oct 28, 2008

    Actually the system worked. No SW should have been issued without an affidavit outling the PC for the SW. I'm surprised that an officer served it, as it was "not regular on its face".
    Maybe the animal cops there aren't real cops!

  • Fredrick Bimmell Oct 28, 2008

    Further proof that our legal system is a joke

  • temp258 Oct 28, 2008

    What a shame that these poor animals have to go back because of a technicality.