Mount Airy teen found `involved' in killing horse

April 11, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The second of three Mount Airy teen-agers accused of fatally shooting a pregnant thoroughbred mare last year was found yesterday to have been involved in the crime after a two-day trial in Howard County juvenile court.

The 17-year-old Howard County boy was found "involved" - the juvenile court equivalent of guilty - of a felony count of killing a horse used for racing, breeding or show, and misdemeanor charges of cruelty to animals, malicious destruction of property and conspiracy to kill a horse.

The teen-ager's sentencing is scheduled May 8.

Prosecutors wrapped up the case against the 17-year-old after one of his co-defendants, who has admitted he was the gunman, testified under a grant of immunity that was awarded because he and the other two also are facing charges of shooting and wounding a horse in Montgomery County.

The gunman, who was found involved on the felony charge in February, said the 17-year-old loaded the 12-gauge shotgun just before the mare, named Madi Lou, was killed at Pleasant Prospect Farm in Glenwood on Sept. 27.

But the 17-year-old testified that he thought they were just going hunting for squirrels and doves. He denied loading the weapon.

The Sun is not identifying any of the boys because they are juveniles.

The third defendant, who is accused of driving the car, buying the ammunition and taking the shotgun from his house, is scheduled to go on trial in June.

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