Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Bizarre: Police say woman stole five horses from college rodeo team, then lied that theft was in retaliation for an attempted rape

Police say that on November 2, 2011 Jaci Rae Jacksona, a Southern Arkansas University Freshman and rodeo team member, stole five rodeo horses, a livestock trailer, and other items from the rodeo team's stables. The horses belonged to members of the rodeo team. The theft was planned carefully, and Jackson allegedly even carried out research prior to the thefts. 

According to a police affidavit, Jackson had romantic problems with at least one of the owners of the stolen horses, and had told someone that some of the owners of the stolen horses had "made her mad."  Jackson allegedly told a friend that she stole the horses in retaliation for an attempted rape by two male classmates on the rodeo team.

Four of the horses were found alive but malnourished, but one of the horses, named "Credit Card," was found dead. Reportedly, Credit Card was shot, his throat was slit and he was cut into pieces. His remains were found in five different locations. An informant advised police that Jackson stated she wanted the horse killed and that she watched as "Credit Card" was shot in the head and had its throat slit by another actor. Jackson has not been charged in the horse's death.

An Arkansas State Police investigator alleged that Jackson wanted a relationship with the men and lied about the attempted assault.

Jackson has pled not guilty.