DELMAR, Md. - The Delmar man police say killed 70,000 chickens last August is scheduled to stand trial this week.
21 year-old Joshua Shelton allegedly cut off the power in three poultry houses and was found lying in the power control shed on east line road. Police had reason to believe he was under the influence of alcohol.
While the attorney for Allen Family Food, who owned the chickens, believes they have a strong case against Shelton, when WMDT spoke to Joshua last September, he was adamant that the charges against him should be dropped.
Shelton said "big misunderstanding really what it is. The trespassing charge is definitely not good because I was invited there, not trespassing. I didn't burglarize anything, I didn't steal anything. And malicious destruction of property, I didn't destroy anything."
He does take some responsibility saying "I don't' mind paying restitution on some of the chickens - not all of them because I believe that it wasn't all my fault."
Shelton's trial is scheduled for Thursday, April 25.