WINSTON-SALEM, NC - A Winston-Salem teen appeared before a Forsyth County judge, Friday, facing a slew of charges in connection with three horses being shot
The incident happened on Saturday, May 12 near Muddy Creek Greenway Park.
19-year-old Alonzo Cross and three juveniles were arrested Wednesday. Winston-Salem Police say the suspects drove stolen cars into a park and shot the horses. They got a break in the case when someone called CrimeStoppers to report 'suspicious muddy vehicles'.
A search warrant for Cross' home was served by Winston-Salem police on Wednesday. Police found two shotguns, three rifles, a handgun and various ammunition at Cross' home on Ogburn Ave. All of the guns were reported stolen.
Cross, 19, was charged with three counts of Felony Cruelty to Animals and Discharging a Firearm within City Limits. He's being held under a $120,000 bond at Forsyth County Detention Center. A judge appointed a defender to Cross at a court appearance Friday morning.
The other suspects, Three 15-year-old boys, were taken into custody for Possession of a Stolen Firearm. The boys are being held at the Guilford County Juvenile Detention Center. Police say no more suspects are being pursued.
Last Saturday, May 12, police got a report of several cars speeding on the Greenway and found horses had been shot at a pasture right next to the park's trail. Police also found numerous shell casings.
One of the horses, Jelly (pictured below), died from the shooting. The two other horses are expected to survive.
(Photo courtesy Wendy Weeks)
"For a human being to shoot at a horse in the head and kill it and let it suffer there's something wrong with that person," said Melanie Rowton who lives next to the horse stable connected to the pasture.
Rowton once kept her horses there and frequently walks her dogs with her children onto the stable's grounds.
"We have always felt that everything was very safe here and would something like that to happen now you feel like it's not safe here," added Rowton.
"I interacted with them and all the horses out here. I know how to call a horse to me and I would give them grass even though I wasn't supposed to but I knew what they wanted," said Greg Kandefer, a construction worker hit hard by Jelly's death. He was visibly overcome with emotion as he kneeled before the memorial and observed a few moments of silence for the horse.
"It's just a shame that somebody can just do the stuff. That's somebody's family. How would you like it if somebody did that to your family," concluded Kandefer.
The investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with information should call Winston-Salem police at 336-773-7700 or Crime Stoppers at 336-727-2800.