Some West Texas students accused in fatal beating of emu

COMANCHE, Texas (AP) - Some West Texas teenagers have been accused in the beating death of an emu during a party on private property.

The Comanche County Sheriff's Office says eight people were arrested or cited in the bird's death.

Investigator Robert Jolley (JAHL'-ee) said Thursday that more arrests are possible over the Feb. 15 incident. Jolley says the case involves some students at Comanche High School and a party near where the emu was kept.

Officials say 18-year-old Cassius Mankin was charged with felony animal cruelty and misdemeanor theft. Jail officials Thursday didn't immediately provide further information on Mankin, who's free on $20,000 bond.

Seven minors and adults were cited for criminal trespass, criminal mischief or both.

Superintendent Rick Howard says Mankin and several other students are suspended from extracurricular activities amid the investigation.

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