Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Horse shooting case continues.



The investigation is narrowing as rewards for information rise in the case of a horse shot and killed over the weekend, authorities said Monday.

“A person of special interest” has been identified in the death of Bo, a paint horse that belonged to Sammie Shepard for 14 years. The animal was being stabled at J&S Horseboarding on Old Folkstone road in Sneads Ferry.

A deputy was dispatched to the stable Saturday morning because Shepard discovered the horse had been shot, Sheriff Ed Brown said.

“When the deputy arrived he discovered the body of a deceased horse lying out in the pasture,” Brown said. “The horse was lying on its left side and thus exposed the right side in which a projectile of some type had entered in the upper portion of the stomach and back.”

Sheriff’s Sgt. Kevin Appleyard is investigating the case.

Three rewards have been offered in the case for a total of up to $4,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Crime Stoppers of Onslow County is offering a reward of up to $2,500; the Shepard family is offering a $1,000 reward; and the sheriff is offering $500 for information sufficient for a conviction in the case.

Anyone with information concerning this incident can contact the Jacksonville/Onslow Crime Stoppers at 910-938-3273 or Appleyard at 910-340-3113. Callers to Crime Stoppers do not have to reveal their identities.

Contact Daily News Senior Reporter Lindell Kay at 910-219-8456 or Read his crime blog, "Off the Cuff," at Follow him on Twitter and friend him on Facebook @ 1lindell.

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