Two men arrested for killing livestock

From Staff Reports

WILSONVILLE – Two men have been arrested who were allegedly responsible for the killing of 10 Black Angus cows in Wilsonville in July 2012.

Timothy Lynn Blankenship, 32, of Vincent, and Jonathan Earl Baker, 28, of Columbiana, were arrested and charged with two counts each of killing or disabling livestock, according to an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency press release.

Blankenship (Contributed)

Timothy Lynn Blankenship (Contributed)

The ALEA’s Agricultural & Rural Crime Unit made the arrests in conjunction with the Shelby County Sheriff’s and the District Attorney’s Offices, the press release said.

Both Baker and Blankenship were held in the Shelby County Jail on bonds totaling $20,000 each after being arrested. Both have since posted bond and have been released, according to Shelby County Jail records. Blankenship was booked and released Aug. 22, and Baker was booked and released Aug. 23.

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Jonathan Earl Baker (Contributed)

A representative of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said the investigation is still ongoing, and no other information could be released at this time. Check back for updates as they become available.