Charges dropped against 3 men in shooting of wild horses

CALGARY — Charges against three men accused of shooting a wild horse in west-central Alberta have been dropped.

CALGARY — Charges against three men accused of shooting a wild horse in west-central Alberta have been dropped.

A trial for Jason Nixon, Earl Anderson and Gary Cape was to begin in Calgary on Wednesday.

But court heard that new evidence presented to defence lawyers earlier this month cleared the three of being involved in the 2009 shooting.

The men said they came upon a horse lying by the side of the road near Sundre and simply moved the carcass.

It is believed a witness saw what they did and came forward.

The Wild Horse of Alberta Society says 31 feral horses have been shot in the area since 2001.