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      Woman in SAU horse theft to be tried for rustling

      ASHDOWN, Ark. (AP) - A woman already serving a prison sentence in the theft of rodeo horses from Southern Arkansas University is to be tried in a separate cattle theft case.

      Trial is to begin Monday in Little River County for Wendi Cox. She is accused of stealing 15 heifers worth more than $10,000 from an East Ogden Ranch. Prosecutors say the animals were sold at an Idabel, Okla., stockyard.

      The Texarkana Gazette reports (http://is.gd/TQsBEu ) Prosecutor Bryan Chesshir offered Cox a plea bargain but she rejected the deal and asked for a bench trial.

      Cox is already serving a 60-year prison sentence after she was convicted in March of stealing five rodeo team horses and equipment from Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia.

      The horses were found in Oklahoma, 1 of them dead.

      Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com

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