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Postponed: Preliminary hearing for suspected goat thief

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VISTA (CNS) - A preliminary hearing Temecula man accused of killing a goat while trying to steal it and another goat from Fallbrook High School's agricultural department was postponed Tuesday until Oct. 2.

Bryce Zubicki, 23, was arrested in July and linked to the June 15, 2011, crime by DNA evidence found at the scene. At the time, authorities said Zubicki had been convicted of a felony, but declined to say what it was.

Zubicki allegedly duct-taped the muzzles and legs of two goats at the school on the morning of June 15, which was the last day of school. At the time, authorities said the death may have been a senior prank gone wrong.

But investigators later said Zubicki may have planned to add the goats to his collection of farm animals.

About 5 a.m. that day, a security guard saw a hooded figure in a livestock pen with the two Tennessee fainting goats inside and scared off the would-be thief by shining a flashlight on him, authorities said.

The guard then removed the tape from the goats' muzzles but it was too late for one of the animals and it died. A necropsy, the equivalent of an autopsy, revealed that the goal died from suffocation, authorities said.

Zubicki is due back in court Sept. 18 for a readiness conference.

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