Four people, three men and a teenaged boy, are now charged in connection with the death of a horse near Sundre.

Police have charged 35-year-old Gary Cape, from the Calgary area, in connection with the shooting of a horse sometime between May and October 2009.

Jason Nixon, Earl Anderson, and a 13-year-old boy are also charged with offences including killing cattle and careless use of a firearm.

Nixon is also charged with assault, obstruction, and uttering threats.

He is the son of Pat Nixon, founder of the Mustard Seed Street Ministry in Calgary.

At least two of the men charged worked at the Mountainaire Lodge near Sundre.

As many as 30 wild horses in the area have been killed in the past 10 years but charges have only been laid in a single case.

None of accused appeared in person for their appearance in Didsbury Monday.

The youth in the case will be facing trial alone but it isn't clear if the other three men will be tried together or separately.