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Caroline County Man Arrested For Killing Two Goats, Maiming Third

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Mervyn Jay Downes III (Photo:Maryland Natural Resources Police) Mervyn Jay Downes III (Photo:Maryland Natural Resources Police)

QUEEN ANNE, Md.- Maryland Natural Resources Police have arrested and charged a man they say mutilated and killed two goats, and maimed a third in a state park.

Police say Mervyn Jay Downes III, 21 of Ridgely, turned himself in to police on Friday night after police had found evidence linking him to the crimes that took place earlier this spring.

On April 8th, police were called to Adkins Arboretum in Tuckahoe State Park, where two goats had been found killed, their throats slit.  On May 2nd, officers returned to the Arboretum for another goat found stabbed, this one still alive.  Police say they found evidence at the scene of the incidents that led them to Downes, who lives on a street adjacent to the park.  

Downes was charged with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty, three counts of malicious destruction of property, two counts of destroying an animal in a state park, two counts of having a weapon in a state park, and two counts of trespassing and being in a state park after hours.  Police seized several weapons from his home.

Downes is set for a preliminary hearing in Caroline County District Court on July 5th.  If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison and up to a $5,000 fine.

Downes was previously charged and given probation before judgment in Queen Anne's County for multiple counts of illegal deer hunting last December.  He pled guilty to one charge, and received a $1,500 fine which was suspended.  His probation lasts until September 3rd.

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