Crime, Fire + Courts

Second teen arrested in FFA pig slaughtering

By From page A5 | June 06, 2012

Yolo County sheriff’s detectives have arrested a second suspect in connection with the weekend killing of a pig being raised by a Woodland High School Future Farmers of America student.

Sgt. Lance Faille said the 17-year-old Woodland High student was taken into custody Monday evening, just hours after his alleged accomplice, who is also 17 but is not attending school.

Both teens face charges felony animal cruelty, grand theft and conspiracy.

Faille said there was no clear motive for the slaughtering, which occurred late Friday night or early Saturday morning at a school-owned farm facility on County Road 17A north of Woodland.

“It was just a random act,” Faille said. He declined to reveal how detectives identified the Woodland boys as suspects in the case.

The black-and-white pig, named Edwin by its owner, Woodland High School junior Marika Ocegueda, was last seen at about 7 p.m. Friday inside its pen. By the next morning, Edwin was missing, and the floor of the pen was covered in blood.

According to Faille, the pig’s butchered remains were found about five miles away along Cache Creek, north of the Wild Wings housing development.

Faille said he had no knowledge of prior contact between law enforcement and the two teen suspects, who were lodged at Yolo County Juvenile Hall following their arrests. Their names have not been released because they are minors.

They are the only two people believed to be involved in the pig’s slaughtering, Faille said.

Ocegueda had been raising Edwin to show at the Yolo County Fair in August. She said Monday she has received several offers of pigs to raise in his place in time for the fair.

— Reach Lauren Keene at [email protected] or (530) 747-8048. Follow her on Twitter @laurenkeene

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