Man pleads not guilty to assaulting horse, elderly woman
A Racine man accused of assaulting an elderly woman and a horse within a few days of each other pleaded not guilty to both crimes Friday in Olmsted County District Court.
An Aug. 22, 2012, jury trial was scheduled for Gregory Mark Soukup in connection with the horse assault, in which he allegedly thrust a lancing whip up the animal's rectum on May 29.
The animal was injured so severely that it had to be euthanized, according to court records.
Soukup also requested a jury trial for the alleged assault of an elderly woman that occurred between May 27 and May 30.
He allegedly grabbed the woman by the back of the neck, pushed her head down, shook it, and told her, "You're evil; you're going to the devil," according to the complaint.
A trial date for that case has not been set.
Soukup has been released on his own recognizance for both charges.