Romania princess pleads not guilty in Oregon cockfighting case

Romania princess pleads not guilty in Oregon cockfighting case
Irina Walker is shown in this booking photo provided by the Multnomah County, Ore., Sheriff on Friday, Aug. 16, 2013. Two years ago, Irina Walker hobnobbed with European royalty in Bucharest to celebrate the 90th birthday of her own regal father, former Romanian King Michael I. On Friday, she and her husband John Wesley Walker, a former Oregon sheriff's deputy, appeared in court to face charges they ran a cockfighting business on their ranch in Eastern Oregon. (AP Photo/Multnomah County Sheriff)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Princess Irina Walker, daughter of the last king of Romania, has pleaded not guilty to operating a cockfighting business with her husband at their Oregon ranch.

She entered the plea at a hearing on Friday.

Government prosecutors warned that Walker is a flight risk because she was born in Switzerland and could be granted asylum in that country.

Judge John V. Acosta ordered her to surrender her passport and told her not to leave her home county, except to go to nearby Hermiston for groceries and doctor appointments.

A total of 18 people have been charged in the case.

Walker's daughter, Angelica Kreuger, says her mother loves animals and would never watch a chicken die in a fight.

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