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Police charge four with slaying goat for crack cocaine
Wednesday March 02, 2005
MOUNT PLEASANT, Pa. (AP) Four men stole, killed and butchered a goat so they could trade its meat for crack cocaine, police said.

Police charged four Connellsville men with theft, receiving stolen property, cruelty to animals, and criminal conspiracy on Tuesday for the Dec. 24 incident in Bullskin Township, about 35 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

James Walter Albright, 37, dragged the 4-year-old pygmy goat from its pen with a rope and tied the animal to a shrub, where he and Charles W. Smith Jr., 20, killed the animal by beating its head with a hammer or a steel pipe, police said.

The men then took the goat to Smith's residence, where his father, Charles W. Smith, 48, and Gilbert Wesley Fisch, 38, skinned the animal and cut it up.

It was not immediately clear if the men have attorneys. The Associated Press could not locate home telephone numbers for the men.

They will face a preliminary hearing before Bullskin District Judge Robert Breakiron.

Information from: Tribune-Review, http://www.triblive.com
 
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