Grand jury to hear case of man accused of shooting, killing his neighbor's horses

By WKTV News

NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New Berlin man accused of shooting and killing his neighbor's six horses is now waiting for grand jury action.

According to the Chenango County District Attorney's Office, the case of Lauren McMaster, 75, will now go before a grand jury on May 16, to determine if there is reasonable cause to believe a crime was committed.

McMaster is accused of shooting and killing six horses that belonged to Joseph Mocco Jr. McMaster has been charged with criminal mischief and animal cruelty.

McMaster lives next to Mocco's property on Hunts Pond Road which has many other horses and cows. Police said McMaster and Mocco have a history of confrontation and that McMaster filed a complaint about a week ago about the animals.

He was released on $500 bail.

On on Thursday, Mocco was charged for allegedly letting a breeding animal, a bull to be specific, roam off his property.

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