Two Teens Will Go On Trial For Allegedly Shooting & Killing Horses

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

After a plea deal was rejected last week for two teens accused of shooting and killing horses in Pike County, now they say they're not guilty and want a trial.

Seeing the two teens accused of shooting and killing her horses is no easy task for owner Trish Hayes.

“Kind of hard actually,” Trish Hayes said.

18 year old Jacob Ratliff and 17 year old Michael Damron thought their time in court was over.

Last week they accepted a plea deal for 30 days in jail, community service, and probation, but the Judge rejected it.

“We were naturally disappointed the plea was not accepted,” Steve Owens said.

As much as she hates seeing them, Hayes says she's glad to be back in court facing the teens who allegedly shot her horses.

One of the horses was shot more than 30 times.

Hayes didn't like the plea deal.

The judge offered no reason for why he didn't accept the deal, but he let the two boys change their plea back to not guilty to take the case to trial.

“That leaves us with now telling our side of the story. We hope the public will be fair and understanding of the situation in its entirety,” Owens said.

Damron and Ratliff's attorney says he will seek to move the trial out of Pike County because of all the media attention.

The trial will begin on September 24th.

Any change of venue requests will be considered before then.

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