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New trial in “Phoenix” case gets postponed

Update: The re-trial of brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson, set to begin Wednesday, has been postponed to July 26.

Twins Travers and Tremayne Johnson were scheduled to be back in court this morning for a second trial on charges of setting a dog named Phoenix on fire two years ago. 

The first trial for the Baltimore brothers ended in a mistrial in February.

The dog was found on fire by a police officer, who used her sweater to put out the flames. Days later, Phoenix died while being treated in Pennsylvania.

The case led to an increased focus on animal abuse in Baltimore and the creation of an Anti-Animal Abuse Taskforce.

In the first trial, a single juror held out against a guilty verdict, resulting in a hung jury.


Comment from smoketoomuch
Time May 4, 2011 at 1:18 pm

And we call them “Animals”!

Comment from freespeech
Time May 16, 2011 at 8:54 pm

What could that single jury member been thinking? I’m not sure jury was not tampered with. In any case, I hope these boys are being detained until retrial. There is a direct link to violence against others when people have inflicted merciless pain on animals; that’s why there needs to be stronger laws against these horrendous crimes.

Comment from urnotfunny
Time August 4, 2011 at 6:09 pm

What trial, I didn’t see a trial on July 26. What year are we talking about?