Person of Interest in SAU Horse Theft, Killing Case Arrested

Law enforcement authorities in Florida have arrested an Arkansas man wanted for questioning in connection with the death of a rodeo horse stolen from the Southern Arkansas University (SAU) campus last year.

On Nov. 2, five Quarter Horses belonging to student members of the school's collegiate rodeo team were taken from the Mulerider Stables at the university's Magnolia, Ark., campus. A horse trailer and a variety of equestrian equipment also taken from the stables were recovered shortly after the incident. Four of the missing horses and the remains of the fifth horse were later recovered in McCurtain County, Okla.

Jaci Rae Jackson of McCurtain County, Okla., was later charged with six counts felony theft of property in Arkansas and three felony charges in Oklahoma including bringing stolen property into the state, knowingly concealing stolen property, and cruelty to animals in connection with the thefts. Jackson's cases remain pending.

In January SAU Police announced they were seeking William Hamilton, also known as Billy Hamilton and Billy Mitchell, for questioning in connection with the thefts.

On May 7 law enforcement authorities in Sebring, Fla., arrested Hamilton, who was wanted in Pike County, Ark., on an outstanding contempt of court warrant, said Pike County Sheriff Preston Glenn.

"We arrested him on our warrant, but the State Police and others are interested in talking to him about other stuff," Glenn said.

Glenn said Hamilton will be extradited to Arkansas this week. He declined further comment.

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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who enjoys covering equine welfare, industry, and news. In her spare time, she enjoys riding her Tennessee Walking Horse, Sonny.

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