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Archive for Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Trial scheduled for Lawrence man accused of shooting Bullet the cat

December 13, 2011, 4:00 p.m. Updated December 13, 2011, 5:37 p.m.

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A Lawrence man accused of shooting a stray cat twice last May is taking his case to trial, and his attorney says he has an alibi.

Lawrence Municipal Court officials said Tuesday a judge scheduled a Jan. 19 trial for Jimmy R. Wilkins, 73, who faces charges of animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in the city limits. Lawrence police said animal control officers rescued the 2-year-old cat, later named Bullet, from a trap at a mobile home park in the 100 block of Michigan Street. Police said a witness alleged he heard a neighbor shoot what sounded like a gun earlier in the day and then observed the cat in the trap.

Officers said the cat had been shot twice.

But Wilkins’ defense attorney Hatem Chahine said Tuesday he was filing a motion for an alibi witness to show Wilkins was visiting his sister that Memorial Day weekend and not in the area when the shooting occurred. Chahine said Wilkins and his wife are animal lovers and that his family has often given stray cats they’ve trapped to the humane society or released them in other areas.

“He’s very concerned about animals,” Chahine said. “They love animals, and these charges are adversely affecting him.”

According to the Lawrence Humane Society, Bullet recovered from his injuries. A family later adopted him.

Comments

beatrice 3 years ago

I hope Bullet spends its last 7 lives as an indoor cat.

kawrivercrow 3 years ago

"Police said a witness alleged he heard a neighbor shoot what sounded like a gun earlier in the day and then observed the cat in the trap."

Well, that settles it then. An alibi means nothing when refuted by ambiguous and circumstantial evidence concerning what could be two unrelated events.

BTW, anybody here ever slam a dumpster lid down hard? What's it sound like? You don't even have to slam it, just let it fall under its own weight. Better yet if you let the wind catch it.

Steve Jacob 3 years ago

Makes sense. Cat stuck in a trap overnight, the guy out of town. Someone that lives near it want to shut the cat up.

Christine Anderson 3 years ago

It seriously frightens me that so many of you think this is funny.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years ago

I am with you, cheese. It is disgusting to see these vicious attitudes displayed. Some folks just cannot get over their own sense of worthlessness long enough to try to help out. They must take a gun and shoot something.. Next time it may well be a neighbor mowing his lawn early or a kid riging through a yard on a bicycle. The world id full of idiots and nuts who think a gun makes their visibility more clear. It does.

Rae Hudspeth 3 years ago

Wow. Unbelievably inhumane comments here about the cat, shot by someone while it was caged and unable to escape.

Bet there'd be a bigger outcry if it were a dog in a backyard. Typical LJ comment idiots.

Tony Holladay 3 years ago

"relocated them to another area" Is that a nice way of saying that he dumped them off to be someone elses problem?

OldPoot 3 years ago

I wonder how much it will cost taxpayers to prosecute this dangerous cat shooter ?

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