Retrial Set In Pitbull Burning Case

Friday, February 11, 2011 – Robert Lang
Just days after a Baltimore City jury said it could not reach a verdict in the animal abuse trial of two brothers accused of setting a pitbull on fire, a new trial has been scheduled.

The retrial of Travers and Tremayne Johnson is now set for May 4, in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

“The Court’s order prohibiting public comment about the case remains in effect. We will respect the Court’s order and look forward to the retrial,” Baltimore City State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein said.

A jury had been deliberating for nearly three days before the mistrial was declared on Monday night.

The two brothers, who are twins, were 17 at the time of the 2009 incident.

The pitbull known as Phoenix had to be put to sleep a few weeks after the incident because of the extent of her injuries.

Prosecutors had presented a video of the burning, but defense lawyers had argued the video did not show the brothers setting the dog on fire.

A juror told WBAL-TV earlier this week that there was one other juror on the panel who voted to acquit, and that juror held out throughout the deliberations.

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