Two Choctaw youths are arrested, charged with felonies in livestock slayings

Two teenage brothers are charged in a series of cow and horse shooting deaths in Choctaw. The boys, whose names were not released due to their ages, killed at least nine animals between May and August, police said.
by Andrew Knittle Published: September 17, 2012
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— Two teenage brothers are charged in a series of cow and horse shooting deaths in Choctaw.

The boys, whose names were not released due to their ages, killed at least nine animals between May and August, police said.

Police Chief Conny Clay said the boys recently moved to Shawnee from the Choctaw area.

They were arrested at their home Friday and booked into the Oklahoma County Juvenile Detention Facility.

Clay said he wasn't sure whether the boys, ages 14 and 16, had made bail.

The boys face multiple criminal charges, including cruelty to animals, larceny of a domestic animal, possession of firearms with altered serial numbers and burglary.

Clay said the boys killed at least six cows in his jurisdiction, using a bow and arrow on at least one.

He said two dogs, a horse and “another cow, I believe,” were killed near the Choctaw area.

The teens also stole a horse from a Choctaw veterinary clinic and several firearms, Clay said.

“I understand kids being kids ... but I don't know what was going through their heads,” Clay said. “I don't know why they did it. They never actually admitted to doing it.”

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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