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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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The police chief said Choctaw investigators got a lead from the Oklahoma County sheriff's office, which led to the arrest of the brothers.

How the boys' cases move through the justice system — including whether they'll be charged as adults — isn't known at this point.

“That's up to the DA's office,” Clay said.

Victim reacts

Harry Waldrip, 63, lost four head of cattle to the shooting spree.

Waldrip, who's been raising cattle for decades in the Choctaw area, said he's glad the suspects have been caught, but that he still has a number of questions about the crimes.

Waldrip said his losses totaled about $3,500. He said he slaughters the steers for meat and that the two he lost “were pretty good-sized ... and I sell them by the pound.”

“They said there was a chance for restitution,” Waldrip said, “but I'm thinking it's somewhere between slim and none.”

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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