(US) In Ocean, little sympathy for alleged bird killers
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Sun Jun 1 08:49:50 EDT 2003
[from Press of Atlantic City]
Lacey police Chief Thomas R. Darmody said that he received "cards with
flowers on them, hand-written," from nice "old ladies," as far away as New
York and Connecticut this week, expressing outrage about the May 18
Popcorn Park Zoo animal slayings.
"String 'em up," he said was the tone behind the letters.
"I'm waiting to see what happens," he said of a possible trial following
the arrest last week of suspects Matthew Mercuro, Matthew Ronneberg and
So is everyone, it seems.
A hardened mentality has descended on the case concerning the 18-year-old
alleged bird killers even before their first formal bail-reduction hearing.
That will take place June 6. A lead Ocean County prosecutor is expected to
be named Monday.
The trio are currently in jail on $114,000 bail, with no 10 percent
option, for four fourth-degree charges and eight counts of fourth-degree
cruelty to animals. They allegedly tortured three emus, three white Peking
ducks and two rheas, and then killed them.
Amy Rhodes, a spokeswoman for PETA, said that she is more worried about
deterring animal cruelty with a stiff jail sentence, rather than saving
three lost souls.
"We believe it warrants jail time," Rhodes said of this case.
Rhodes notes that animal cruelty has an astoundingly high correlation to
human killers. She cited an FBI statistic that 46 percent of all murderers
had previously killed animals, she said.
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