Berrish, Hamilton make appearances in horse theft case

Two defendants in the case of the November 2011 horse theft from Southern Arkansas University appeared before Judge Larry Chandler Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court.

George Berrish III of Ashdown was allowed to remain on house arrest with his father, with the condition that he pursue his GED. He is to return to court Jan. 31, 2013.

Deputy Prosecutor David Butler told the court that he suspected Berrish had violated his terms of house arrest. He warned Berrish that law enforcement officers will be checking daily, and if he is not at home a warrant will be issued for his arrest.

William Webster “Billy” Hamilton of Avon Park, Fla., is currently in the Columbia County Detention Facility. He is to return to court in January 2013 also.

Both Berrish and Hamilton are charged with four counts theft of property over $5,000 and two counts theft of property over $25,000.

Also charged in this case is Jaci Rae Jackson of Haworth, Okla., facing four counts theft of property over $5,000 and two counts theft of property over $25,000. Jackson is currently scheduled for trial July 26-27 in Columbia County.

On Nov. 2, 2011, unknown suspects entered the property of SAU at Mulerider Stables and stole five horses and a Featherlite brand aluminum trailer. The stolen trailer was later recovered in Tom, Okla., and four of the horses were recovered approximately a week later. The remains of the fifth horse were found Nov. 24.

Berrish was arrested May 14 and Hamilton was arrested May 15. Jackson was arrested Dec. 5, 2011.

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