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Man charged with animal cruelty in cows' deaths wants jury trial

February 21, 2008

A man who was charged in January with five felony violations of causing the cruel killing of an animal asked a judge Wednesday in Washington County District Court for a jury trial.

The case of Gregory Charles Wiles, 41, was forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court, where jury trials are heard.

Wiles also was charged in January with 29 misdemeanor violations of failing to provide sufficient food and drink, according to court documents.

The Humane Society of Washington County in December 2007 seized 34 cows - 15 Holstein heifers from a pasture on College Road in the Hagerstown area and 18 cows and one dead cow from a pasture on Neck Road in the Williamsport area.

Two of the cows taken from the College Road property died Dec. 7 and were taken to a state lab for a necropsy.

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Wiles was released on his own recognizance after authorities served him with a warrant on the charges in January.

On Wednesday, Wiles declined to comment at the advice of his defense attorney, John Maclean of the Office of the Public Defender.

- Erin Julius

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