Trainer acquitted in elephant assault

Dec. 21, 2001 at 11:41 PM
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SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec. 21 (UPI) -- The first test of California's unique elephant-abuse law ended Friday with the acquittal of Ringling Brothers Circus trainer Mark Gebel. A San Jose jury deliberated two hours before delivering the verdict. Gebel had been accused of beating an elephant hard enough to draw blood last August.

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