◼ Trial begins for cockfighting suspect
A Humboldt County Sheriff's Office deputy who investigated properties belonging to McKinleyville rooster breeder Ray Christie, testified in court Thursday that Christie admitted to participating in the illegal sport of cockfighting in the past, but said he had not done so in decades.
Thursday was the first day of trial for Christie, who is charged with five misdemeanor counts of possession of cockfighting implements and one misdemeanor count of possessing a bird with the intent to use it in a fighting exhibition.
If convicted on all counts, Christie would face a maximum of six years in jail and a $30,000 fine....
...Christie's attorney, Kenneth Bareilles, questioned (Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Deputy Todd) Fulton about whether the circumstantial evidence presented demonstrates Christie was recently participating in cockfighting, or if it only shows he was simply interested in it.
Questioning Fulton about the cockfighting magazines found throughout Christie's properties, Bareilles asked whether the owner of such magazines could “be an enthusiast and not a cockfighter?”
Fulton replied that they could be an enthusiast. Deputy District Attorney Sherissa Edmark is prosecuting.
Who is taking care of all those roosters?