Commonwealth Journal

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December 7, 2007

Trial of alleged dog-beater stays local

Somerset — A Somerset man accused of beating a family dog is scheduled to go before a Pulaski County jury next week after his motion for a change of venue was denied in District Court.

Ronald Shawn Turner, 30, and his attorney, James Cox, went before District Judge Katie Wood and requested a change of venue, claiming pre-trial publicity would prevent Turner from receiving a fair trial.

Wood denied the change of venue request, stating that “ ... the pre-trial publicity does not rise to the nature of such that an impartial jury could not be selected.”

Turner was arrested in June of this year after a neighbor videotaped him hitting, choking and body slamming a yellow labrador named Romeo.

Turner pleaded not guilty to second-degree animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor, during his initial court appearance in June.

Turner is set to go to trial December 14.

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