ELLSWORTH — A Hancock County grand jury April 4 indicted two men accused in the late August death of Franky, a Boston terrier-pug.
Nathan Burke, 38, of Hancock and Justin T. Chipman, 23, of Steuben have each been indicted on one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, aggravated criminal mischief, burglary, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and unauthorized use of property.
The grand jury process is required by the Maine Constitution. District Attorney Matt Foster has said previously that the grand juries provide an additional set of eyes on a case to see if there is enough probable cause to continue with prosecution.
In arrest warrant affidavits for Burke and Chipman, Winter Harbor Police Officer Eli Brown said Burke and Chipman burglarized the home of a Winter Harbor man and kidnapped his dog Franky, which was later found dead.
The dog’s body, which had been wrapped in plastic, floated to Foster’s shorefront property in Hancock on Aug. 30. Brown stated in the affidavit that Franky had been shot in the throat.
The burglary and kidnapping occurred Aug. 24 at the Winter Harbor residence of Phil Torrey.
Officer Brown said Burke, who was Torrey’s former sternman, and Chipman entered Torrey’s home, kidnapped Franky and took Torrey’s Hummer for a ride to a gravel pit, according to the affidavit.
After Brown’s investigation, warrants for Burke and Chipman’s arrests were issued. The two turned themselves in to the Hancock County Jail on Sept. 4.