CRIME

Animal cruelty trial resumes for Maryland farmer accused of neglecting, starving livestock

A Maryland farmer accused of neglecting and starving his cows, goats and sheep is testifying in his defense in Frederick, where his trial resumed Wednesday.

Sixty-one-year-old Daniel Rohrer Jr. of Boonsboro, western Maryland, has denied mistreating his animals. He's charged with 24 counts of animal cruelty.

A district court bench trial began in May but was suspended due to court time constraints. The state had rested in May after producing evidence that the animals were underweight, neglected and living in a barn with sheep carcasses.

Rohrer is also fighting a charge that he intimidated a witness by following a Humane Society investigator after she testified against him in the case.