The determination of who owns a palomino gelding was delayed again Wednesday afternoon.

Michael Dewayne Ryals, the man charged with embezzlement of “Sonny Dee Light,” will have to appear in court for a new hearing April 29.

Assistant District Attorney B.J. Baker said the case has been drawn out longer than usual because judges have recused themselves from it for various reasons.

“The ownership hearing has been heard a couple of times,” Baker said. “So basically, we have to redo both the preliminary and ownership hearing.”

Baker said Special District Judge Holli Wells will preside over the new hearing.

Ryals, who allegedly leased the horse from Mikeala Rodriguez, is accused of selling the animal for $350 to Leonard Trammel, his great-uncle.

Trammel has since given the horse to his 7-year-old grandson, and said he isn’t inclined to take the horse back.

Rodriguez said she didn’t believe Trammel knew Ryals had leased the horse, and didn’t blame Trammel because she no longer had possession of the animal.

Trammel said he asked Ryals three times if the horse belonged to him when Ryals attempted to sell it. Trammel testified the horse was too crippled to ride when he bought it for $350.

He also told the court he has bills from a farrier and a veterinarian that total $850. He claims he’s also entitled to a fee for daily care of the horse.

Ryals has said he has no interest in the horse.


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