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Round 2 for man accused of killing Porky, the pet pig

Scott Bell Scott Bell
Shawn Luiz Shawn Luiz
Joseph Calarruda Joseph Calarruda
Porky appeared in a 2005 television commercial Porky appeared in a 2005 television commercial
Porky Porky

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - It's round two for a man accused of killing Porky, a beloved pet pig in Mililani. The re-trial for Joseph Calarruda got underway Wednesday.

Despite multiple witnesses placing him at the bloody scene, Calarruda maintains he wasn't there. His first trial ended with a hung jury.

New defense attorney, new set of jurors in the re-match between the state and an accused pet killer.

"There was so much blood spilt that evening that the back of the garage where Porky was killed was awash in blood," Scott Bell, deputy prosecutor, told the jury during opening statements.

Prosecutors say Joseph Calarruda and his hunting dogs went to a Mililani lychee farm in October 2006, and killed six-year-old Porky in front of horrified witnesses.

"At one point, Mr. (Michael) Chabala, the evidence will show, was eyeball to eyeball with the defendant, pleading with him to pull the dogs off, that the pig was a pet, and he had no permission to be there," Bell said.

Calarruda maintains he wasn't there.

Another hunter, Don Pogtis, Jr., is once again expected to testify that he slaughtered the pig, not knowing it was a pet.

"Porky is, in fact, a wild boar with tusks," Shawn Luiz, defense attorney, said. "And these are trained hunting dogs just doing what they are normally trained to do."

The jury in Calarruda's first trial was hopelessly deadlocked.

"This is going to be an important decision that you reach," Luiz told the jury. "I'm going to ask you to listen to every witness, to carefully deliberate."

The defendant is charged with theft of livestock. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.

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