Man Accused Of Stabbing Cats

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A judge has increased bond to $100,000 for a northern Kentucky man accused of breaking into a neighbor's home
and stabbing two cats to death.

The bond for 30-year-old Russell Swigart of Highland Heights had been $5,000 since he was arrested Friday and taken to the Kenton County jail. The Kentucky Enquirer reported Tuesday that Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Richmond didn't say in open court why
he asked for the bond increase.

Police found the back door of a home forced open Thursday and two cats stabbed to death.

Police say Swigart still had a knife covered in cat hair and blood when he was arrested.

Swigart is charged with one count of felony burglary and two
misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.

Swigart's attorney, public defender John Delany, asked for a preliminary hearing Tuesday to be postponed while he studies the
Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer,

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  • by Bubba Johnson Location: Stanford on Sep 30, 2008 at 10:19 PM
    John Delany. Study what? He had in his posession a weapon that might have been used in the crime. Just let your client make his plea and then do your best to defend him. Why tie up the courts and the jail? What? Does he need more time to come up with an alibi?
  • by Deb Location: Georgetown on Sep 30, 2008 at 07:57 PM
    Why is it just a misdemeanor to violently injure or kill a domestic animal? There should be more charges against this person.
  • by Gail Location: Lawrenceburg on Sep 30, 2008 at 07:05 PM
    Stabbing two defenseless animals to death is a misdemeaner? It is a documented fact violence against animals often escalates to violence against people. Lock the psycho up!
  • by fnord Location: Lexington on Sep 30, 2008 at 03:00 PM
    This story just doesn't make sense -- is the man just evil and stabs cats for fun? How senseless. I hate that cat stabbing only carries a misdemeanor charge.


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