Charges Dropped Against Man Accused Of Killing Dog During Burglary

7:47 PM, Jan 30, 2014   |    comments
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WBIR Staff

Charges have been dropped against a man accused of breaking into a Newport home and killing the family dog.

Christopher Haney was charged with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, one count of burglary, and two counts of theft of property over $1000.

The break-in happened in November of 2012. The Laforce family came home to find their house had been broken into, items stolen, and their 11 pound dog, Simon, dead on the floor. Police believed the thief had kicked the dog.

Haney, a neighbor, was arrested in February 2013.

According to court documents, police found some of the family's $6,500 worth of stolen possessions, including guns, medication and money, in the bedroom of a home that Haney was staying in.

A judge has now ruled that evidence found in the bedroom cannot be used because the officer did not have a search warrant. He did have permission from the home owner, but that permission did not extend to Haney's room.

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn said that search was illegal, and his office could not move forward with prosecution given that all the evidence that would have led to a successful prosecution of Haney had been suppressed by the court.


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