A trial date has been scheduled in the case of alleged horse thief Jaci Rae Jackson. Judge Larry Chandler presided over the brief status hearing in the Arkansas courtroom filled with Jackson’s former rodeo team members, former coach, and her family.
Jackson’s attorney Michael Lusk says no plea deal has been offered by Columbia County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney David Butler. “We haven’t gone to him for one either because I maintain she’s innocent. If you read the affidavit it never says she was present during the theft. At most, it says she put someone else up to it.”
Arkansas court documents state, “She stated to the Informant she wanted the horse killed and that she watched as “Credit Card” was shot in the head and had its throat slit by a William “Billy” Hamilton.” Hamilton was named as a person of interest in the case earlier this year by Arkansas officials, however he continues to elude authorities. Lusk says his client doesn’t know Hamilton’s whereabouts.
Jackson is charged with three counts of theft of property over $25,000 and three counts of theft of property between $5,000 and $25,000 in Arkansas. Her trial has been scheduled for July 26.
Jackson is currently scheduled for a preliminary hearing this month in Oklahoma for their case against her relating to the theft of the horses and an unrelated arson case. She remains free on bond.