Police: Bull mutilation suspects wanted steak Web posted Friday, December 10, 2004 By Josh Gelinas | South Carolina Bureau AIKEN - The five people charged with mutilating a bull and leaving it dead in the road had planned to eat the animal, authorities said Thursday. But there were several things working against them, said Otto McCarty, the bull's owner. First, he lives on Wire Road, about two miles from Aiken County Detention Center. Second, bulls don't like to be pulled behind trucks. "Can you imagine how smart that was?" he said. "They were going to drive it right past the sheriff's office." And lastly, a week before the 600-pound jersey bull was taken Oct. 5, someone stabbed the animal about 35 or 40 times, Mr. McCarty said. The attack left the animal badly wounded and Mr. McCarty pumped it full of antibiotics, so he wouldn't have recommended eating the meat. "It probably would have killed them," Mr. McCarty said. The Aiken County Sheriff's Office has arrested Brent A. Aiken, 19; Jerry R. Bell, 20; Anthony J. Smith, 23; and Barbara J. Rogers, 37; who all reside in the 900 block of Croft Avenue in Aiken. They've also arrested Henry A. Green, 17, of the 300 block of Bradley Lane in Aiken, and have a warrant out for Emily Johnson, 20, who is in Alabama. Mr. Aiken, Mr. Bell and Mr. Smith are charged with two counts of malicious injury to real property worth more than $1,000 and stealing livestock worth more than $1,000. Ms. Rogers, Ms. Johnson and Mr. Green are charged with malicious injury to real property worth more than $1,000. Ms. Rogers also is charged with criminal conspiracy. Authorities say all six suspects attacked Mr. McCarty's bull Sept. 28 with a baseball bat, knife and pitchfork. They say Mr. Aiken, Mr. Bell and Mr. Smith returned Oct. 5 and tied a rope around the bull's neck. The suspects told investigators the bull walked behind the truck until it grew tired and fell. They left the animal lying in the road, where it caused a single-car wreck.