Trial for brothers accused of burning pit bull delayed

Trial now slated to begin in July

  • Her kidneys failing, veterinarians euthanized the extensively burned year-old dog known as Phoenix.
Her kidneys failing, veterinarians euthanized the extensively… (Photo provided )
May 04, 2011|By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun

The trial for the twin brothers accused of setting a dog on fire so badly in 2009 that she later had to be euthanized has been postponed until at least July 26.

Administrative proceedings for the re-trial of brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson were set to begin Wednesday but were instead pushed back more than two months.

The re-trial comes after a first trial for the Johnson brothers ended in a hung jury in February, with 11 jurors believing the brothers set the dog, later nicknamed "Phoenix" on fire, while one juror was unconvinced by the prosecution's case.

Travers Johnson is also set to appear in court later in May on separate charges of attempted first-degree murder and assault.

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