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18-year-old accused of beating duck to death with baseball bat


William Luke McDowell

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — An 18-year-old is being charged with animal cruelty after deputies say he beat a domesticated duck to death with a baseball bat.

William Luke McDowell, 18, of Lexington, was charged after officers discovered that he beat the duck while at a friend’s house last Saturday.

The incident was caught on video by McDowell’s 16-year-old friend. He was not identified.

McDowell was placed in the Davidson County Jail under a $1,000 bond. His court date is set for May 19.

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