POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Four suspects are behind bars after allegedly stealing a calf for its meat.
Austin Leonard, James Devillier, Kale David, and Dustin Vidrine were arrested after a cattleman found a dead calf on the spillway levee near Morganza. Pointe Coupee sheriff's deputies noticed that the animal was shot and that it was missing a hindquarter and loin.
Witnesses say that the four suspect left the city of Morganza with the intention of riding down a levee to kill a cow. Investigators say that the suspects drove to an area where there were cattle on the levee. Leonard allegedly shot and killed a calf with a 12 gauge shotgun. All four suspects allegedly helped to load their kill into their vehicle, but removed a hindquarter and loin once they realized the animal was too big to load, according to investigators.
The calf's leg bone was found in a trash can down the road from David's residence. Authorities say the four men admitted their involvement while being interviewed for the crime.
All four suspects were arrested and booked into the Pointe Coupee Parish Jail and charged with theft of livestock. Leonard and Devillier were also charged with aggravated cruelty to animals for allegedly killing the calf with the shotgun. Leonard was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon because he is a felon on probation for a prior felony incident.