Archive for Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Preliminary hearing set for April 6 in animal cruelty case

A Kansas University student facing felony animal cruelty charges asked to waive his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Douglas County District Court.

February 24, 2009


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.


Danimal 9 years, 3 months ago

Never heard of a Turk being illegal before. Typically countries that are in NATO and trying to get into the EU don't have a lot of illegals in the US.

I think that it's just awesome how no one seems to realize that he was already out on bail from a prior incident for the same thing when he committed this crime. Isn't anyone paying attention?

dweezil222 9 years, 3 months ago

If I'm not mistaken, a student visa is automatically revoked when one is charged with a crime. Which would mean they could just deport the moron and let the Turks deal with him.

Melanie Birge 9 years, 3 months ago

Why do you think they sent him out of their country. They didn't want to deal with him there. I am sure that this has gone on way longer then he has been in Lawrence....

Music_Girl 9 years, 3 months ago

Animal cruelty is just a step on the path to violent people crimes....I hope they get this guy out of the country before he hurts someone.

WhiteDog 9 years, 3 months ago

Yes, because it's completely OK if he hurts people once he's out of our country.

meggers 9 years, 3 months ago

If a person waives their right to a preliminary hearing, doesn't that mean that the case goes straight to trial? Someone help me out here. Why wouldn't prosecutors go ahead and move forward with the trial, knowing the evidence will be heard at that time?

The longer this guy is out, the higher the likelihood that he will reoffend. After all, from what I understand, he (albeit allegedly) committed this act while awaiting trial for another animal cruelty charge. When is THAT case going to be tried? It's fairly obvious that given the overwhelming evidence we've heard described in both cases, the guy is unable or unwilling to control his compulsion to harm animals. Merely telling him to stay away from animals strikes me as grossly naive and unrealistic.

woodenfleaeater 9 years, 3 months ago

It's good that a caught him now. Usually abusing or killing animals is a Predecessor to killing humans. Good for the Lawrence community they caught him before he got to any students or families.

Music_Girl 9 years, 3 months ago

No it's not ok if he hurts someone elsewhere but it is for his home country to decide what to do with him.

janeb 9 years, 3 months ago

A preliminary hearing is held to determine if there is enough evidence to move forward with a trial. When a defendant waives his/her right to a preliminary hearing they are agreeing that the state has enough evidence to proceed. The prosecutor asking to hold such a hearing anyway is a waste of time. All the information that would come out in the preliminary hearing will come out at trial. The request from the District attorney to hold the preliminary hearing after the defendant has already waived his right to it only prolongs the process And may very well open a door for appeal to this offender at a later date.

tastethelink 9 years, 3 months ago

ok, so, here’s the weird thing.

i lived at the dorms at KU last year. i met Cem sometime around February, he seemed like a cool foreign kid, kinda awkward, but generally a nice guy.

we played video games a few times, went to a party once, and were pretty good friends. he eventually told me that his mom was wanting to come to america to visit him, so he needed to learn how to drive so he could show her around lawrence and stuff. we spent about two weeks teaching him how to drive, he buys a car, starts driving, all that stuff. after the semester was over, i only saw him once, like back in early june. he had a flat tire, helped him out, you know the story. i told him i was having a birthday party coming up, and he could come if he wanted to. so he said he’d call me.

fast forward to the birthday party, where only two people show up and we just meander around the town for awhile. he calls me, i don’t answer. he leaves a voicemail, and i never returned the call. about two months later, i tried calling him, got no answer. a week later, call him again and get no answer.

could i have been part of the cause that drove him to this? i knew he was a little socially inept, but there’s a difference between shy and an “i love beastiality” bumper sticker. a serious difference. what the hell happened?

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