SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (WHBL) - The trial of a Sheboygan man accused of running a cockfighting operation in his home began Thursday in Sheboygan County Court.
35-year-old Lue Chang is charged with Instigation of Animal Fights for allegedly staging cockfights in the basement of his home on Saemann Avenue. On Thursday, his trial began with District Attorney Joe DeCecco telling the jury that blood stains were found in and around a ring that was consistent with staging the fights. He went on to say the type of birds found have traditionally been bred for cockfighting.
Chang’s attorney Christopher Eippert is arguing the animals were kept for both food and religious purposes, indicating the birds would have been sacrificed as part of a Hmong ritual. Eippert will continue his defense Friday, with the jury expected to begin deliberations by mid-morning.
If Chang is found guilty, he could spend three and a half years in prison.