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Jackson to face trial on SAU horse theft charges

Jaci Rae Jackson (Source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office) Jaci Rae Jackson (Source: Columbia County Sheriff's Office)

Jaci Rae Jackson will go to trial on felony theft and cruelty charges in Oklahoma in connection with the theft of and cruelty to five horses from the school's stables in November. 

Two weeks after they were stolen, four of the horses were found abandoned and tied pine trees in rural McCurtain County Oklahoma, malnourished and dehydrated, but alive.  The remains of the fifth were found in early December. "Credit Card" had been shot, his throat was slit and he had been cut into pieces.

Jackson is charged with transporting stolen property into the state, concealing stolen property and cruelty to animals.

The 19-year-old former Southern Arkansas University Magnolia student appeared in McCurtain County court on Monday for a preliminary hearing, in which a witness testified that Jackson said, "What do you do with a credit card before you throw it away? Chop it up."

Prosecutors also referred to a telephone recording in which Jackson allegedly commented on the weight of a horse head, and more testimony from a witness who claims Jackson called on November 3, 2011, saying she had stolen the horses because two boys at the university had tried to rape her.

Investigators believe Jackson was the mastermind behind the theft, and according to affidavits, witnesses have identified William "Billy" Hamilton as the one who killed the horse at Jackson's urging.

Hamilton was arrested last week in Florida on unrelated charges of theft of livestock and appeared Monday in Pike County court for arraignment. SAU Magnolia confirms campus police investigators have interviewed Hamilton, but whether they intend to charge him has not yet been revealed.

Hamilton's name came up several times during Jackson's preliminary hearing on Monday, after which the judge ruled there is enough evidence to take the case to trial. Jackson is due back in court on June 4.

Jackson has been free on $50,000 bond on the Oklahoma charges since December. She also faces six felony counts of stolen property in Arkansas.

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