Executive cleared in Dallas slaughterhouse case

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Associated Press

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:32 PM

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas prosecutors have dropped charges against one of two executives of a local slaughterhouse they accused of dumping pig's blood into a creek along the Trinity River.

The Dallas Morning News reports (http://bit.ly/1gAnK3y ) that charges against Columbia Packing Company vice president Rusty Ondrusek were dismissed Tuesday. Prosecutors said in a court filing that they wanted the case against Ondrusek dismissed, but would not specify why.

Columbia Packing and another vice president, Carl Ondrusek, still face charges.

The packing company was accused of dumping industrial waste into the creek and tampering with evidence.

Prosecutors have said that investigators from several agencies saw blood and other waste from pigs being dumped into Cedar Creek.

Columbia officials have admitted that their plant spilled contaminants, but only by accident.

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Information from: The Dallas Morning News, http://www.dallasnews.com

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