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McConnell trial set for May 22



Trainer Jackie McConnell appeared berfore U. S. Magistrate Judge William B. Carter in Chattanooga, Tenn., for arraignment and to hear the conditions for bond.  Trial has been set for May 22 along with Jeff Dockery, John Mays and Joseph Abernathy.  The four face a penalty of $30,000 if they don't show up for court.

McConnell will return to court, Friday, March 23 to argue against restrictions that have barred him from training horses until his trial.  McConnell's attorneys also argued that he should not have to give up his rights against unreasonable search and seizure.

Mays and Dockery agreed they would not train or care for horses other than their own before trial.  Abernathy will be allowed to work as a farrier but must provide a weekly list of customers.

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