Horses in cruelty case released to rescue group

Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Derrick Ulmer

A soldier stationed at Smyrna relinquished ownership of his horses to an animal rescue group and his preliminary hearing on animal cruelty charges in Marshall County General Sessions Court was rescheduled Tuesday until Oct. 9, the man's defense attorney said.

Derrick Ulmer, 38, of Eagleville Pike is accused in two citations from the Marshall County Sheriff's Department alleging cruelty in May and again early this month after one of some 20 horses died, apparently of malnutrition, in a 25-30-acre pasture along Harris Cemetery Road.

"For cost reasons, we're going to relinquish ownership to the Equine Center in Gallatin," Ulmer's attorney, Russ Parks of Columbia, said Tuesday morning after conferring with Assistant District Attorney Brooke Grubb and Sheriff's Capt. Norman Dalton.

Some $9,000 in costs for feed for the horses is apparently being sought by the state to reimburse expenses incurred by various people and organizations that have become involved in this case, according to a source close to the case.