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Student pleads not guilty to horse thefts

A 19-year-old member of the Southern Arkansas University rodeo team has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing five champion rodeo horses, saddles, a horse trailer and tack from other team members.

MAGNOLIA, Ark. (AP) — A 19-year-old member of the Southern Arkansas University rodeo team has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing five champion rodeo horses, saddles, a horse trailer and tack from other team members.

Jaci Rae Jackson pleaded not guilty to six felony theft counts Wednesday in Columbia County Circuit Court in Magnolia.

The horses owned by other members of the SAU rodeo team disappeared Nov. 2. Four were found alive Nov. 15 in McCurtain County, Okla. The fifth was later found dead in McCurtain County.

Jackson lists addresses in Buckner and in Broken Bow, Okla.

An arrest affidavit says Jackson had romantic problems with at least one of the owners of the stolen horses. It does not identify the owner.

 

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