Three Men Connected to Shark Dragging Video Plead Not Guilty

Three Florida men pleaded not guilty to charges connected to a shark dragging video that went viral. The video showed the shark basically being pulled to pieces as it was dragged at high speeds behind a fishing boat.

The video went viral in late July after a Miami sport fisherman criticized it on social media.

Twenty-one-year-old Michael Wenzel and 23-year-old Spencer Heintz, of Palmetto, along with 28-year-old Robert Lee Benac of Bradenton, plead not guilty to two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty. Wenzel and Benac also face a misdemeanor count of illegal method of taking a shark.

Their lawyers entered the not guilty pleas on their behalf Wednesday morning.

Investigators with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission determined the dragging took place June 26 in state waters off Egmont Key.



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