The 18-year-old arrested July 25 after a Facebook video shows her torturing and killing a small tortoise with a younger girl, then was charged with sexual misconduct in another case, was released Wednesday after her bail was reduced, according to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office.
Jennifer Emoke Greene of Orange Park had been initially jailed on $55,000 bail. Greene and her 15-year-old friend are charged with animal cruelty and taking, harassing, harming or killing a threatened species.
But following a Tuesday motion to reduce bail, Greene’s total became $15,000 and she bonded out at 2 p.m. Wednesday, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Family members had no comment when reached at Greene’s home.
The cruelty charges stem from a Facebook video showing two young friends burning, torturing and crushing a gopher tortoise to death in front of a home off Blanding Boulevard. The video went viral and raised the ire of animal rights advocates across the country.
Green was later charged with lewd and lascivious battery for a June game of hide-and-seek a week shy of her 18th birthday that turned into a sexual encounter with a boy whose age was not disclosed by the Sheriff’s Office.
A pretrial hearing for Greene is scheduled for Sept. 9. If convicted, Greene faces up to five years in prison on the animal-cruelty charge, according to commission officials.
The Sheriff’s Office had no information on the status of the 15-year-old, whose case is being handled in juvenile court.
Dan Scanlan: (904) 359-4549