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Roberts found not guilty in coyote case


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ATTORNEY ROY Polich, representing Jason Charles Roberts, addresses the jury during closing arguments Thursday in Gogebic County Circuit Court. After deliberating, the jury voted to acquit Roberts of the three animal cruelty charges he faced in relation to a YouTube video showing three hunting dogs attacking and killing a wounded coyote.


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BESSEMER - After about two hours of deliberation, a 12-person jury cleared Jason Charles Roberts, 35, of Ironwood, of all charges in Gogebic County Circuit Court Thursday.

Roberts was facing a felony charge of torturing an animal and misdemeanors for cruelty to an animal and failure to kill wounded game stemming from a YouTube video showing hunting dogs attacking and killing a wounded coyote in Ironwood Township.

"(We're) very pleased with (the verdict). We had faith in the system and it just reinforces that faith," Roberts' attorney, Roy Polic...

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