No plea offers were made today for two defendants in the Arkansas stolen rodeo horse case, those involved will “go to trial,” says McCurtain County District Attorney Mark Matloff. Oklahoma residents Mickie Lynn Carter and Charles Tramble were in court for their preliminary hearing conferences.
They are charged with one count each of knowingly concealing stolen property. Both face up to five years in prison if convicted. The pair is accused of allegedly hiding items taken from Arkansas rodeo team students including a horse trailer and tack. According to the arrest affidavit, Carter is related to Wendie Cox, the mother of defendant Jaci Rae Jackson.
Jackson will be in court for her preliminary hearing conference on January 19 in Oklahoma. As many continue to ask the hard questions, one group within the horse community is taking action to show their support for the victims. More than a hundred people are currently expected to attend Jackson’s hearing, some from as far away as Ohio and California.
Kathy Seymour is one of the organizers saying, “it will be a peaceful gathering, not a protest.” Those attending will show their unity by wearing matching shirts that list the stolen horses and rodeo students’ names, including a photo of Credit Card, the horse killed.
Seymour says all of the proceeds from the shirt sales will aid in the continued recovery of the four horses found in mid-November tied to trees without food or water.
“We want the stiffest penalties for the crimes committed,” says Seymour.
Jackson faces up to fifteen years behind bars if convicted of the three felony charges. Jackson also faces a felony arson charge in an unrelated case which carries a maximum sentence of twenty years. Jackson faces six additional charges in Arkansas.