A Kansas University student facing felony animal cruelty charges asked to waive his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.
But prosecutors insisted on evidence in the case being heard. Cem Basoflas, 20, of Instanbul, Turkey, is charged with animal cruelty in two separate cases.
The KU sophomore was arrested Feb. 4 at his apartment in the 2100 block of Heatherwood Drive, after police officers found a large amount of blood.
Lawrence police have released few details about the cases, but Lawrence Humane Society director Midge Grinstead said they are among the worst instances of animal cruelty her staff has ever seen.
Basoflas appeared with his attorney before Judge Robert Fairchild Tuesday afternoon.
At the request of the state, the judge set a preliminary hearing for April 6.
Basoflas remains out of jail, after posting $12,000 bond.
He had been ordered to surrender his passport and have no contact with animals.