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Teens accused of killing alpacas will stay in juvenile detention

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HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Two Madison Twp. teenagers accused of killing a baby alpaca were back in court Tuesday.

The teens hugged their parents after Judge Kathleen Romans found probable cause that the  teens stole 3-month-old Masterpiece and beat him to death.
 
"There is sufficient evidence to show that a crime has been committed, and that it may have been committed either or both of these young men," Romans said in court.
 
Jeff Pergram, the owner of Masterpiece, took the stand testifying to what he saw in his neighbors driveway the day he found his alpaca was missing on January 15.
 
"Something had been dragged out of the blood, which I assumed was him," Pergram told Prosecutors.
 
Det. Mike Gutowski of the Butler County Sheriff's office told the judge what was left of Masterpiece when he found the  baby alpaca in an abandoned barn in Montgomery County nearly a month later.
 
"When we discovered it in the barn there was, the back of its head had a lot of blood and both its eyes were missing," Gutowski said.
 
Defense attorneys questioned why Pergram waited until February to file a police report.
 
"I was notified that some bragging was going on at Madison School about the beating death of him, and it was relayed on to me and at that point then I called the police department," Pergram said.
 
Still the owners say Masterpiece's family back on the farm still feels the loss.
 
"They don't sleep in the barn they sleep by his grave, every night," Pergram said.

The teens will be back in court in May for the results of the psychological evaluation.

Defense attorneys asked for their clients to be released to house arrested, but Judge Romans ordered they stay at the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center at least until the evaluations are complete.

The two suspects faces charges of animal cruelty, breaking and entering, grand theft, vandalism and tampering with evidence. A third suspect involved, Stacie Mullins, 22, is charged with complicity for driving the teens to the farm - her case was bound over to a Butler County grand jury.


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