Federal trial date set for 2005 tiger escape
April 5, 2006
A trial date has been set for a former Tierra Rejada Valley couple accused of owning an escaped tiger that was shot and killed in Moorpark last year.
Gert "Abby" Hedengran and Roena "Emma" Hedengran, who have pleaded not guilty to a slew of charges stemming the February 2005 incident, are scheduled to appear in federal court May 2 for trial, according to court records.
Wildlife officials found and shot the animal in a residential park near two schools in Moorpark. The incident marked the end of weeklong search for the exotic cat that stretched from Simi Valley to the Santa Rosa Valley, although officials later concluded the animal likely had been on the loose for more than three weeks.
The Hedengrans, who have since moved to Nevada, were arrested in March 2005 and charged with tampering with the case and lying to authorities. They have adamantly denied owning the tiger.
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