Closings and delays

Some charges dropped during Burlington cockfighting trial

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GRAHAM, N.C. — A judge dropped some charges against two men on trial for cockfighting Wednesday in Graham.

The Burlington Times News reported that Michael Thomas Collins, 51, and Jack Daniel Hill, 44, both of Burlington, allegedly participated in a cockfight May 6, in which two roosters fought each other. Collins then allegedly sold a rooster to Alamance County Detective Brandon Jones.

Both were originally charged with cockfighting and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Collins was also charged with cruelty to animals.

Defense attorneys Rebecca Greene and Natalie Jones moved to dismiss the charges against Hill and Collins after the state closed its evidence. This includes two undercover videos and testimony from three Alamance County detectives.

Wednesday was the second day of their trial in Alamance County Superior Court.

Read more: The Burlington Times News.