Feb 26, 2014 9:24 AM by AP
CLINTON, La. (AP) - An East Feliciana Parish man accused of stealing a state trooper's mastiff last year was found not guilty following a bench trial.
The Advocate reports 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.