$35K bond for Gila Bend dairy worker accused of killing cows

$35K bond for Gila Bend dairy worker accused of killing cows

GILA BEND, Ariz. (AP) – Bond has been set at $35,000 for a Gila Bend dairy farm worker accused of killing four cows with a knife and severely injuring five other cows.

Mario Alberto Garcia-Leon had his initial court appearance Tuesday. He doesn’t have a lawyer yet. Maricopa County Sheriff’s officials announced Garcia-Leon’s arrest Monday.

They say he’s being held on suspicion of several charges of felony criminal damage, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, animal cruelty, and other charges.

Sheriff’s officials say an emergency call came in about 11 a.m. Sunday from workers inside the Citrus Valley Dairy.

When deputies arrived, they say Garcia-Leon was covered in what appeared to be blood.

He allegedly threatened other dairy employees before being arrested.

Sheriff’s officials say Garcia-Leon admitted to using methamphetamine and alcohol before the incident.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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