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Men charged with killing pregnant goat plead not guilty

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 4:19 a.m. HST, Jun 9, 2011

 Two 29-year-old Kauai men pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning in Kauai District Court to felony charges for killing Kaitlyn, a pregnant dairy goat at Kauai Kunana Dairy. 

Ryan Winchell and Russell Hoomanawanui of Kilaueahave been charged with first-degree criminal property damage,  second-degree theft,  theft of livestock, and second-degree cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor  If convicted, the two men each face a maximum 10 years in prison.

The two are both free on bail, $8,100 for Winchell, and $8,000 for Hoomanawanui. Winchell asked the court to allow him to travel to Nevada while awaiting a preliminary hearing set for 1 p.m. June 30  before District Judge Trudy Senda. Senda said she would allow Winchell to leave Hawaii if he surrenders his passport, and agrees to an increase in bail to $40,000.

On April 29, Louisa Wooton, co-owner of the dairy, found the 4-year-old goat on April 29 butchered with her organs left behind. Kaitlyn was pregnant with two kids and due to give birth in two weeks.

Deputy Prosecutor Jake Dela Plane, who is handling the case, said the two men could not be charged with first-degree cruelty to animals since the charge covers pets or equine animals.

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