Baltimore twins acquitted of fatal pit-bull burning

A Baltimore jury has acquitted twins accused of setting a pit bull puppy on fire, causing fatal burns.

Twenty-year-old Travers and Tremayne Johnson were found not guilty on all counts Wednesday. Charges included aggravated animal cruelty in the 2009 attack on the puppy, who was named Phoenix at the Pennsylvania animal hospital that tried in vain to save her.

State’s Attorney Gregg L. Bernstein said while he respected the jury’s decision, he was disappointed in the verdict.

The Johnson brothers’ first trial in February 2011 ended in a mistrial.

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