A judge in West Palm Beach County has set January 8, 2016 as the trial date for Rafael Ramirez.

Ramirez was an employee working at Rancho Garcia, an illegal slaughter farm that was one of three raided on October 13, 2015.

Investigators from Animal Recovery Mission collected evidence and footage of Ramirez selling horse meat and discussing horse slaughter. Ramirez was the main assistant in animal slaughter at Rancho Garcia and was arrested and charged with possession and sale of horse meat and animal cruelty charges.

The judge described the details of the case as “bothersome.”