William "Billy" Hamilton, 38 (Source: Highlands County, FL Sheriff's Office)
COLUMBIA COUNTY, AR (KSLA) -
The two latest suspects to face charges in the theft of horses from SAU Magnolia last fall were in court today in Columbia County.
The Columbia County, Arkansas prosecuting attorney filed charges against William 'Billy' Hamilton Tuesday in connection to the theft and slaughter of 'Credit Card', one of the horses that was stolen from the Magnolia, Arkansas campus.
William "Billy" Hamilton is charged with six counts of theft, which include the five horses and the horse trailer. Bond on those charges was set at $150,000. Hamilton remains in custody in Columbia County.
A bond hearing was also held for 17-year-old George Berish III of Ashdown, who faces the same charges as Hamilton. He is being charged as an adult and was released on house arrest Thursday into custody of his father.
Both are due back in court Columbia County on June 5.
Investigators say Jaci Jackson was the mastermind behind the theft, and according to affidavits, witnesses have identified Hamilton as the one who killed the horse at Jackson's urging.
Jackson will go to trial in June on felony theft and cruelty charges in Oklahoma. For now, she remains free on bond. She also faces six felony counts of stolen property in Arkansas.
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