May Trial Set in Montgomery in Dog Fighting Case

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By Alabama News Network

Thirteen people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation have been rescheduled for trial in May.

The defendants from Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas had originally been scheduled for trial in February, but U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins delayed it to the trial term beginning May 8 in Montgomery.

Defense attorneys had sought a delay to have more time to prepare for trial. They said they need the time to go through 15,000 pages of documents turned over by federal prosecutors.

All 13 defendants have entered not guilty pleas.

The 13 were indicted by a federal grand jury in Opelika. Watkins said the trial will be in Montgomery rather than Opelika because the federal courtroom in Opelika is not large enough to accommodate all the defendants and their attorneys.

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