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4 March 2016
Miss Molly the Emu
Her Killer’s Trial Postponed - Again

Cassius Mankin, the adult male who on Valentine’s Day 2015 punched out the eyes of an emu named Miss Molly, then strangled her to death, was charged by the Comanche County Texas District Attorney’s office with Felony Cruelty to Livestock Animals. Since then, Mankin’s trial date has been repeatedly postponed. Most recently, he was scheduled to be tried for his crime on Monday, February 29, but once again, it didn’t happen. United Poultry Concerns was told by the District Attorney’s office this week that Mankin’s new trial date is provisionally set for Monday, May 2.

UPC has urged prosecution of Cassius Mankin since February 2015. Our supporters have rallied with phone calls and letters to the DA’s office urging that a person so cruel as to put out the eyes of another living creature and then kill her needs to be held accountable for his crime.

Photo of an emu

The long necks and excellent periscopic vision of emus enable them to survey the land for miles in all directions at once. Emu parents incubate and raise their young together. They are very gentle birds.

UPC will continue to urge prosecution of Cassius Mankin for the felony animal cruelty with which he is charged. Our most recent update prior to Feb. 29 can be read here:

Molly the Emu: The Latest News on Her Case

UPC president Karen Davis’s February 22, 2016 letter to the DA’s office can be read here:

UPC Letter to DA Shepherd, Comanche County, TX

A short video of an Australian emu reveling in a shower can be watched here:

Emu Discovers A Sprinkler And Completely Loses His Mind

Cassius Mankin mugshot

Cassius Mankin tortured and killed Miss Molly for fun.

We will post any new developments and meanwhile, please keep up the pressure on the DA’s office with your phone calls and letters:

  • Judicial District Court Attorney B. J. Shepherd
      PO Box 368
      Meridian, TX 76665
      Phone: 254-435-2994
      Fax: 254-435-2952
      Email address unavailable.
  • To learn more about emus and ostriches
    – the oldest living birds on earth –
    please see our webpage report, Nowhere To Hide, at:

    Our brochure “Ostriches & Emus: Nowhere to Hide” is also a powerful source of information about these amazing fleet-footed nomadic birds. Order 20 for $3.00.
Brochure: Ostriches and Emus: Nowhere to Hide


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