Suspects in massive poaching investigation plead not guilty
CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) — Two of the three newest suspects in a massive poaching investigation out of southwest Washington have pleaded not guilty.
The Chronicle reports Aaron Hendricks, his father-in-law David McLeskey of Woodland and Aaron Hanson are facing charges of first-degree animal cruelty, unlawful hunting of black bear, cougar, bobcat or lynx with dogs and second-degree unlawful hunting of animals.
Hendricks and McLeskey have pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
Hanson is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
According to court documents, officials uncovered a network of poachers after investigating William Haynes and Erik Martin who are suspected of engaging in illegal hunting activities.
Law enforcement identified Hanson, Hendricks and McLeskey as suspects and co-conspirators in the illegal activities from cellphone evidence.
Information from: The Chronicle