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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Mistrial in dog-burning case

By Washington Post staff

The animal cruelty trial of twins Travers and Tremayne Johnson ended in a mistrial Monday, according to the Baltimore Sun. A single holdout juror was not convinced that the brothers had set fire to the dog that came to be known as "Phoenix."

The Baltimore state's attorney's office will decide whether to retry the case.

Read more at the Baltimore Sun's web site.

By Washington Post staff  | February 8, 2011; 10:19 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Comments

Holy hell, that is a disturbing case.

RIP, "Phoenix"

There are consequences to society for allowing cold-blooded thrill-kill animal torturers to walk. Any more carnage from Travers and Tremayne Johnson should be on this idiotic holdout juror's head.

Posted by: FedUpInMoCo | February 8, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Somewhere Michael Vick is laughing....
Vick and the Johnson borthers should be locked up together,
for life,
what sorry excuses for 'human' benings!

Posted by: soccerhead | February 8, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

We are all entitled to a jury of our peers. It is clear that these twin idiot monsters had an equally idiotic peer on the jury.

History has shown us over and over again that "people" who torture animals are damaged, dangerous, useless. These boys are done: they are irredeemable.

Posted by: Orsalia | February 8, 2011 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Most serial killers started with animals. The Johnson family should take this action by the boys very seriously. I recall Jeffrey Dalhmer buried several cat and dog skeletons. These kids should e tried again.

Posted by: skinfreak | February 8, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

I hope that the state's attorney's office decides to re-try the case. I want to be selected to serve on that jury. These boys are monsters and should be dealt with accordingly.

Posted by: gingergirl1 | February 8, 2011 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Reads like the prosecutor relied so much on the jury's outrage that he or she didn't bother to present a legal case.

Posted by: blasmaic | February 8, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Please re-try the case... and seek the death penalty this time.

Posted by: VirginiaDad | February 8, 2011 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Bastards.

Posted by: Greent | February 8, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere Michael Vick is laughing....
Vick and the Johnson borthers should be locked up together,
for life,
what sorry excuses for 'human' benings!

Posted by: soccerhea

Give Vick a break. I know he is the poster child for animal cruelty but why would he be laughing? He went to jail for three years. Did his time for his crime. I know we bloggers want everyone locked up for life for everything or fired from their jobs.

Posted by: ged0386 | February 8, 2011 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Look at the context and the area the boys grew up in - no education, no jobs, no hope - dope dealers, pimps, gun runners, street thugs are the norm. They're the only ones with money, with clout. People like that can't afford ethics or morality. Females can escape but males are held by false pride and fear. If you know the odds of you ending up young on a morgue slab are good then why should you care? If they are let loose, they'll interpret that as an OK to go ahead and escalate to wherever it takes them. It's why young people are gunned down in drive bys or set on fire. It's why they see no problem getting their own people hooked on drugs or breaking into their apts and robbing them of what little they have or sponging off other people at the point of a gun. You have to change the entire culture to change their behavior.

Posted by: jcaroleclarke | February 9, 2011 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Look at the context and the area the boys grew up in - no education, no jobs, no hope - dope dealers, pimps, gun runners, street thugs are the norm. They're the only ones with money, with clout. People like that can't afford ethics or morality. Females can escape but males are held by false pride and fear. If you know the odds of you ending up young on a morgue slab are good then why should you care? If they are let loose, they'll interpret that as an OK to go ahead and escalate to wherever it takes them. It's why young people are gunned down in drive bys or set on fire. It's why they see no problem getting their own people hooked on drugs or breaking into their apts and robbing them of what little they have or sponging off other people at the point of a gun. You have to change the entire culture to change their behavior.

Posted by: jcaroleclarke | February 9, 2011 12:08 AM | Report abuse

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