Several Grosse Ile lacrosse players expected to face felony charges in animal death prior to match

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 17:23:58-04

Charges are expected soon in the case of an animal's death just prior to a high school lacrosse match.

Police in Grosse Ile say their investigation is in its final stages. The next step will likely be felony charges.

it is a case that's sparked national outrage from animal rights groups and raised questions about alleged athletic rituals.

Police Chief Joseph Porcarelli exclusively telling 7 Action News several students will likely soon be charged with felonies. For allegedly killing and beating a guinea pig to death.

The incident happened in May leading to the cancellation of the boys high school lacrosse season.

We've learned as many as 12 high school players were there during the incident.

Sources say some teens wanted no part of it and left prior to the guinea pig being beaten and stabbed.

An investigation into the devious deeds is now almost complete - with cell phone records being the final piece.

Police say they're also still trying to figure out why this happened.