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Man found not guilty in theft of trooper's dog

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CLINTON, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - An East Feliciana Parish man accused of stealing a state trooper's mastiff last year was found not guilty following a bench trial.

State District Judge Michael Carmichael found Kyle Holmes not guilty Tuesday of misdemeanor theft after he was accused of stealing the dog out of a state trooper's yard.

Holmes has filed a complaint against Trooper Tommy Lea that is pending, as well as a civil lawsuit against Lea and Detective Kevin Garig, of the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office, that also is pending.

Capt. Doug Cain, a state police spokesman, said authorities conducted an internal investigation into Lea's actions that resulted in "appropriate disciplinary action."

He would not elaborate on what action was taken.

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