White County district judge injured in zebra attack

Photo courtesy Melani Morgan-Blansett

UPDATE (3:00 p.m.):

SEARCY (KATV) - The Searcy Police Department tells Channel 7 News that Judge Mark Derrick is not the owner of the zebra. According to Searcy police, a neighbor of the family says Judge Derrick's father actually owns the zebra.

Judge Derrick is still in the Intensive Care Unit at UAMS Tuesday afternoon, but is recovering.

City attorney Buck Gibson said while it's illegal to have wild animal in the city limits of Searcy, a preexisting 'non-conforming use' or what some may call a, grandfather clause, states the wild animals were already on the property before the annex. In turn, making the wild animals on the property legal.

The family of Judge Mark Derrick could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but several neighbors told us the family would host petting zoos from time to time, and they have had the exotic animals for years.

ORIGINAL REPORT (12:45 p.m.):

(Associated Press) - White County District Judge Mark Derrick is hospitalized in serious condition after being attacked by a zebra.

Searcy police Sgt. Steve Hernandez told The Daily Citizen that police were called to Derrick's home Sunday after the judge was attacked by the animal. Hernandez did not immediately return a phone call to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Court clerk Misty Perkins said the judge suffered eye and arm injuries.

Derrick is hospitalized at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock.

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