6 convicted of cockfighting charges in SC

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - U.S. Attorney Bill Nettles says six people have been convicted of charges related to a cockfighting ring in South Carolina.

Nettles said in a news release that 52-year-old Nancy Elizabeth Dyal of North, 53-year-old James Morrow Collins Jr. of Duncan and 48-year-old Sheri M. Hutto and 60-year-old Wayne Hugh Hutto of Pelion were convicted Friday of operating an unlawful animal fighting venture in Lexington County and illegal gambling.

Nettles said 41-year-old Leslie Wayne Peeler of Gaffney and 41-year-old Scott Edward Lawson of Laurens were convicted of conspiracy to violate the Animal Welfare Act and participating in an unlawful animal fighting venture.

Sixteen others pleaded guilty earlier in the case and 61-year-old Buster Dale Moore of Andrews is on trial.

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