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Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012County: Dallas
Charges: Felony CTA
Defendant/Suspect: Edwon Julian
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
The trial for an accused kitten killer charged with second degree felony animal cruelty begins Wednesday.
Edwon Julian, 36, is accused of throwing a kitten from a second floor apartment in Richardson back on July 31, 2012.
Police say Julian was fighting with his girlfriend, Rosa Dismuke, and physically assaulted her. They say he tried to use a stun gun on her children who tried to help her. When the children were able to take the stun gun away from Julian, police say he grabbed the pet kitten by the tail, spun it over his head and threw it off the second floor landing." The kitten survived the fall, but later died from its injuries.
If convicted, Julian faces 2 to 20 years in prison due to his past criminal history.
|Jurors convicted a Dallas man Friday of felony animal cruelty for killing his girlfriend's cat in a fit of rage at her Richardson apartment.|
But after more than eight hours of deliberations, the same jury acquitted Edwon Julian of assault after the woman and her two teenage daughters said he attacked them with a stun gun that same day last summer.
Julian, 36, could face two to 20 years in prison when he's sentenced June 27.
The verdict elicited mixed emotions from Jonnie England, longtime animal welfare advocate and vice chair of the city's Animal Shelter Commission.
"I'm very pleased that the jury saw the evidence for what it was and convicted him on the animal cruelty case," said England, who followed the trial since it began May 29, "but disappointed that they didn't find enough evidence to convict on assault."
According to testimony, Julian and his girlfriend Rosa Dismuke got into an argument July 31 that turned violent. At some point, her two daughters intervened, she said, and Julian stunned one of the girls in the head with a Taser.
"He charged at me like the 49ers," Dismuke said last week. "So I proceeded to fight back" and wrestled the stun gun away.
Julian then grabbed Dismuke's gray kitten, named Kisses, swung her by the tail and let go. The cat flew off the second-story balcony and hit a drainpipe before landing on the pavement below.
Kisses died at the scene as animal control officials tried to save her. Julian fled the apartment but was arrested shortly afterward.
"He resorted to animal cruelty from his rage at Kisses' owner and he took out his revenge on the kitten," England said.
During closing arguments, one prosecutor portrayed Julian as the "cruelest person in the room," and jurors wept at the yelps of the dying kitten on the 911 tape.
"You, Mr. Julian, are a coward," prosecutor Stephanie Mitchell said.The defendant's mother, Patricia Smith, declined to comment after the verdict but said last week that prosecutors had misrepresented Julian.
"My son isn't the monster they've portrayed him to be," Smith said.
Defense attorneys, meanwhile, portrayed Dismuke as a liar and said there were discrepancies in her testimony.
The potential sentence for the animal cruelty charge could prove stiffer than any punishment Julian would have faced on the assault charge because the pavement was deemed a deadly weapon in the trial.
The sentence could range up to 20 years if the judge confirms the pavement was a weapon and enhances the charge based on Julian's time served for an injury to a child conviction in 1996, said Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney's office.
|Source: Dalls News - June 7, 2013|
Update posted on Jun 7, 2013 - 9:23PM
- CBS - May 28, 2013
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