Last December a video went viral on Facebook showing two teens torturing a deer. The video showed Alexander Brock Smith of Pennsylvania kicking an alive, wounded, antlered white-tailed deer. The video showed a minor whose name we will not release helping him do it.
The Hunting News reported on this video pointing out how wrong it was and emphasizing the fact that hunters will not stand for this kind of behavior. The reporting on this video led to an investigation an eventually charges being filed against both parties involved. The charges include.
– Aggravated Cruelty to Animals – Torture, Felony 3 (two counts)
– Aggravated Cruelty to Animals – Causing SBI or Death, Felony 3 (two counts)
– Corruption of Minors, Misdemeanor 1
– Cruelty to Animals, Misdemeanor 2
– Tamper With/Fabricate Physical Evidence, Misdemeanor 2
– Drive Or Disturb Game, Summary 1
– Taking/Possession Of Game Or Wildlife, Summary 2
– Use of Device/Method Prohibited, Summary 4
– Violate Rules, Regulations Game Commission, Summary 5
Put simply, a criminal conference is a pre-trial. This conference is an opportunity for both attorneys and the judge to proactively discuss the details of the trial. This includes the process of selecting a jury, how long the trial is expected to last, and any abnormal procedures or requests.
The criminal trial is scheduled for today March 11, 2020. Jury selection for the trial is scheduled for May 11, 2020. A plea deal may still be struck before the trial begins.