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Trial postponed for defendant accused of shooting Bullet the cat

January 26, 2012

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Lawrence Municipal Court Judge Scott Miller Thursday postponed a trial for a Lawrence man who is accused of shooting a stray cat last year.

On Thursday, a defense attorney said the city had not yet provided him a DVD that contained evidence, including photos.

City prosecutor Jerry Little also said prosecutors were now alleging defendant Jimmy R. Wilkins, 73, shot the cat on May 29 and not May 30. Lawrence police had said animal control officers rescued the 2-year-old cat, later named Bullet at the Lawrence Humane Society, from a trap at a mobile home park in the 100 block of Michigan Street after the cat was shot twice. And officers have said a witness alleged he heard a neighbor shoot what sounded like a gun earlier in the day before he observed the cat in the trap.

Defense attorney Hatem Chahine has said Wilkins was innocent and has an alibi because he was visiting his sister that Memorial Day weekend and so he was not in the area.

The trial was scheduled to begin Thursday morning. Little said prosecutors were not aware the DVD existed until Jan. 11, and Chahine was expected to be able to review it later Thursday.

“Certainly it would have been better practice in this case to turn over the DVD much earlier than on the eve of trial,” Miller said.

Wilkins faces charges of animal cruelty and discharging a firearm in the city limits.

The trial is now scheduled for March 1. The cat recovered from its injuries and was later adopted.

Comments

KEITHMILES05 2 years, 11 months ago

It's pretty sad when government is more concerned about a stray cat than the real problems of the country.

garyr 2 years, 11 months ago

Instead of naming the cat Bullet, I would have preferred Tupac, Biggie Smalls, Notorious B.I.G. or maybe Topeka.

Melinda Black 2 years, 11 months ago

Shooting a cat caught in a trap with a gun is unacceptable behavior. Personally, I am glad our local government is doing something about this.

nedcolt 2 years, 11 months ago

Big deal,,what a waste of government time and money,should of just given the guy a fine and move on to bigger things,oh wait its the government.

Jeremiah Jefferson 2 years, 11 months ago

You know I kind of like cats and I think thats a crappy thing to do to a cat. Who is to say it was a stray anyway? Yeah maybe thats cats life don't mean much to anyone. But the guy discharged a firearm in city limits and that is a big deal for you morons that think its a waste of time and that its not important. What if someones kid had accidently been shot? Not only is this guy a piece of crap for shooting a harmless cat, he could have hurt someone or even killed them and for that he needs to be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

imastinker 2 years, 11 months ago

It's easy to see that some of you have no experience with feral cats and the incredible nuisance they can be. My kids used to be afraid to go outdoors because of the feral cats. They weren't nice either.

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