Lee County horse neglect case awaits judge's decision

      Jeffery Graber was charged with livestock neglect January 8, 2014

      A Donnellson, Iowa man accused of livestock neglect could no longer faces charges.

      Jeffery Graber's attorney filed a motion to dismiss charges last month.

      Assistant Lee County Attorney Clinton Boddicker resisted the motion.

      Both sides presented their arguments in court on Tuesday.

      Now they await a judge's ruling.

      Boddicker told KHQA a decision should come down within the next week.

      Graber was charged with livestock neglect January 8, 2014.

      Deputies removed several emaciated horses from his property later that month.

      A judge ordered the horses returned to Graber in March due to a procedural error by the Lee County Sheriff's Office.

      Graber was cited for similar reasons in 2011.

      However, no charges were filed following a 2011 investigation.