Clarendon County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Lowery at his home on April 7. He was accused of killing nearly 300,000 chickens grown under contract for Pilgrim's Pride Corp., a unit of JBS SA. He allegedly tampered with temperature controls to chicken houses on three occasions.
But the case hit a snag May 12 when Chief Magistrate Judge Percy Harvin said authorities did not have enough probable cause to launch a case against Lowery. The Clarendon County Sheriff's Department charged Lowery with eight counts of burglary and two counts of malicious damage to property.
In April, a magistrate judge dismissed similar charges filed against Lowery in Sumter County.