Vestavia Hills, AL-- An Attorney is now needing legal counsel himself after what investigators accuse him of doing to a dog.
CBS Station WIAT in Alabama is reporting that the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, confirmed to them that James Stewart Robinson is wanted on a charge of Cruelty to a Dog in connection with the death of a pet.
The dog has become a point of contention between Robinson and his estranged wife in an ongoing divorce proceeding.
The sheriff's office says deputies were called to the 4600 block of Caldwell Mill Road on June 17th to investigate a report of animal cruelty. The dog, Rufus, had been killed by having his throat sliced, according to the sheriff's office. Robinson's estranged wife, who wishes to be referred to as his ex-wife, says Rufus was a 6 year old American Staffordshire Bull Terrier.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office issued a release that contained the following: "James Stewart Robinson, one of the owners, made repeated claims that his estranged wife had killed the dog to prevent him from gaining custody. Beyond these claims he was unwilling to assist with the investigation. With the assistance of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, the remains of the dog were exhumed and sent to the University of Florida Animal Forensics Laboratory.
The results of the forensic analysis along with electronic data recovered in the form of emails, text messages and voice mails indicated that James Stewart Robinson had killed the dog. The nature of the electronic communication is part of the investigation and cannot be disclosed at this time." - Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
An Animal Cruelty Investigator with the Sheriff's Office obtained a felony warrant for the arrest of James Stewart Robinson for Cruelty to a Dog On November 16, 2012, according to the release. Chief Deputy Randy Christian says investigators have tried to contact Robinson and his attorney of record to get him to turn himself in, but have not had any results. Christian says Robinson's father has told them he will let his son know about the warrant. The bond is set at $40,000, but 45 year old James Stewart Robinson remains at large.
Chief Deputy Christian says that the charge can carry up to a ten year prison sentence if there is a conviction. A message left for Robinson's last attorney of record by CBS 42 had not been returned at press time. Attempts to contact Robinson directly were also unsuccessful.
Robinson was reportedly arrested in Vestavia Hills on a charge of Domestic Violence/Harrassment 3rd Degree in June. Court documents say Robinson texted his estranged wife a picture of the dog, Rufus, then left a voicemail stating "your day is coming girl.
Reported by: Mike McClanahan/WIAT