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Moore Co. man found not guilty of animal cruelty

Posted October 28, 2008 1:17 p.m. EDT

— 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."