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Pig Case Now in the Hands of Jury

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For six years, Porky was kept as a pet by a Mililani family. He was trained to sit and stay and even appeared in a TV commercial. For six years, Porky was kept as a pet by a Mililani family. He was trained to sit and stay and even appeared in a TV commercial.

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- The case of a man accused of killing a pet pig in Mililani is now in the hands of a jury.

Joseph Calarruda took the stand in his own defense Tuesday morning.

Prosecutors say the defendant is a pig hunter who went to a Mililani farm without permission last October, and killed the farm manager's six-year-old pet, Porky.

Despite multiple witnesses placing him at the scene, Calarruda maintains he was with his girlfriend in Waianae that night.

"So you've lived on the island of Oahu pretty much your entire life?" the prosecutor asked.

"Yes," Calarruda replied.

"Would it be fair to say that you at least know where Mililani is?" the prosecutor asked.

"Um no, I don't," the defendant testified. "I was a poor child. I hardly got out of Waianae."

Attorneys delivered their closing arguments Tuesday afternoon. If convicted of livestock theft, Calarruda faces up to five years in prison.

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