Jurors Watch Surveillance Video In Retrial Of Twins Accused Of Torching Pit Bull

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Gut-wrenching opening arguments in the retrial for the Baltimore twin brothers accused of setting a dog on fire then leaving it to die.

Weijia Jiang has more on what the prosecution and defense told the jury.

It sounds like the jurors will hear much of the same evidence and testimony that was presented in the first trial. But those advocates are desperate for a much different outcome.

The second trial against 20-year-old twin brothers Travers and Tremayne Johnson is underway. The brothers are accused of dousing a young pit bull nicknamed “Phoenix” with gasoline, then setting her on fire in May 2009. The dog was burned so badly, it had to be euthanized.

The Johnsons’ first trial in the case ended last February with a hung jury and sparked national outrage, partly why it took several hours to seek a new one– nine women and three men who are unfamiliar with what happened.

Legal expert Steven Silverman said the prosecution almost always wins a retrial.

“The prosecutor– in this case, the state of Maryland– learns from the mistakes they made, has probably spoken to the sole juror who hung and they are able to address the concerns of that juror,” he said.

During opening statements, the lead prosecutor told jurors the Johnsons torched the puppy.

Prosecutor Jennifer Rallo said: “Within minutes, the little dog was engulfed in flames, most of her body on fire, screaming, jumping, crying out in pain, left to die in the street.”

But defense attorneys insist the Johnsons are scapegoats and said: “The police had to find someone to blame, needed to quiet the public outcry. But you cannot convict because it is convenient.”

Jurors also watched police surveillance video from the scene. Many had to turn their heads away when it showed images of a burned Phoenix. That video was considered key evidence in the first trial and will likely play a critical role again.

The most serious charge the Johnsons face is animal cruelty, a felony that could send them to prison for three years.

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  1. rdnkkkgrl says:

    U NO I ACTUALLY HATE PIT BULLS BUT I HATE THAT CITY TRASH MORE AND A DOGS A DOG IT DOESNT DESERVE THAT MAYBE WE SHOULD SET THEM BOYS ON FIRE JUST TO WATCH THEM BURN THERE BURNING DOGS NOW LATER THEY’LL BE BURNING, RAPING, KILLING, AND DRUG DEALING IF THEIR NOT ALREADY. THEY DEFINITLY NEED A LOAD OF BUCKSHOT IN THEM!!!……JUST SAYING!!!……….THATS ARE FINE CITY N STATE FOR YA WELCOME TO BALTIMORE, MARYLAND WHERE YOU CAN BURN DOGS, RAPE WOMAN, KILL PEOPLE, MOLEST KIDS, AND DEAL DRUGS WITHOUT GETTING IN A LICK OF TROUBLE……SMH!!!

  2. SILLYMAN MICHEALS says:

    SET THESE 2 ANIMALS ON FIRE

  3. sarah sams says:

    I hope these mo fos fry. If they get away with this it with be you that is their next victim. Disgusting heartless punks

  4. BURN BABY BURN says:

    If found guilty, the punishment should be the following:

    take them to a trash strewn alley
    set them on fire
    watch them twist and twitch in pain
    throw ice water on them
    set fire again

    JUSTICE

  5. really says:

    lol…all this hoopla for what…if they are convicted the maximum penalty is 3yrs…the case is 3yrs old..so if found guilty they will be released with time served…so this case is just for the amusement of you dumb racist dog lovers…oh and to get tax payers hard earned money…they should burn but George Zimmerman is free…glad to see a dogs life is sooooo much more important than that of an innocent child…you stupid sick effers…

    1. urnotfunny says:

      you forced me. This article is not about George Zimmerman, nobody said a child’s life is not important you moron. This is about 2 ghetto rats, yes I said, ghetto rats, that’s what they are, f’ing criminals who beat, kicked and then burned a helpless animal to death. Go to hell, you are as bad as they are. One of them is in jail for attempted murder, but everybody’s a racist because he’s black right. It’s morons like you that makes people like animals more!

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