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Judge places limits on horse trainer facing horse soring charges

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- A 60-year-old Tennessee walking horse trainer charged in a lengthy federal indictment of abusing horses may remain free before his trial, but he cannot train horses owned by others.

Jackie McConnell, of Collierville, Tenn., faces a 52-count indictment involving charges of conspiracy and violations of the U.S. Horse Protection Act.

Federal defendants in nonviolent criminal cases commonly are allowed to remain free with little restriction as they prepare for trial.

But new details filed Friday morning, hours before McConnell's hearing in federal court, alarmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Bill Carter enough that he asked attorneys to find a compromise in order for McConnell to keep his freedom.

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