A resolution may be coming soon in the case of a Dec. 14 allegation of animal cruelty at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, 1425 Tennessee St., Douglas County prosecutors said Friday.
Witnesses had reported to police that a turkey was abused and killed at a fraternity party there, angering animal advocates across the country.
Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson's office said prosecutors have been in contact with attorneys representing suspects in the case, and Branson hopes to move forward with it in the next two weeks. It was not clear Friday what actions prosecutors might take, but the incident has been investigated by police as a suspected animal cruelty case.
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Lawrence Police Sgt. Trent McKinley said in January that officers had interviewed numerous people about the alleged killing of the turkey.
Witnesses said the turkey had been "poked by individuals through the cage and heckled during the evening," McKinley said. The turkey also was "chased and abused by several individuals present at the party, seriously injuring the animal." Someone then killed the turkey, and police were called.
In December, the national chapter of Beta Theta Pi announced that the KU chapter and their activities were suspended indefinitely, pending an investigation. A spokesman for the national chapter said it was still completing that investigation.
At KU, the national organization, as well as the KU Interfraternity Council, are responsible for investigating such cases and taking action.
Jack Esberg, a KU student and spokesman for the KU Interfraternity Council, had said his organization would decline comment, pending the completion of the criminal investigation.