Conviction in SAU Horse Theft, Slaying Case Stands

An Arkansas appeals court has upheld a guilty verdict in the case against Wendi Cox, who was convicted for her role in a high-profile case involving the theft of horses used by the Southern Arkansas University (SAU) collegiate rodeo team.

In November 2011, five SAU rodeo team horses were taken from the Mulerider Stables at the university's Magnolia, Arkansas, campus. Four of the missing horses and the remains of the fifth horse were later recovered in McCurtain County, Oklahoma.

Arkansas State Police later arrested Jaci Jackson and charged her with six counts felony theft of property. Oklahoma law enforcement authorities also charged Jackson with three felonies in connection with the thefts. Jackson was subsequently found guilty.

Cox, Jackson's mother, was later charged for her role in the death of the fifth horse. She was found guilty and sentenced to serve 60 years in prison.

Records from the Arkansas Court of Appeals indicate that Cox challenged the guilty verdict handed down against her in the Columbia County, Arkansas, Circuit Count on grounds that the evidence used to convict her was insufficient.

On May 21, Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Larry W. Chandler upheld the lower court's ruling.

“We hold that substantial evidence supports the jury’s verdict, and we affirm her convictions,” Chandler's opinion said.

Cox's attorney John F. Stroud III was unavailable for comment.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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