New Berlin man accused of killing horses moves one step closer to trial

NORWICH – A Town of New Berlin man accused of shooting and killing six of his neighbor’s horses at a property adjacent to Hunts Pond Road made his third appearance in court Monday as the controversial case moves one step closer to trial.

Lauren L. McMaster, 75, New Berlin, has been charged with six counts of second degree criminal mischief, a class D felony, and one count of tampering with physical evidence, a class E felony, indicted by a Chenango County grand jury in May. He could face up to 35 years in state prison if convicted on all seven felony counts, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

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