Retrial Underway In Baltimore Animal Cruelty Case

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jury selection could begin as soon as Monday in the retrial of twin brothers accused of setting a pit bull on fire.

The Baltimore Sun reports that lawyers for Travers and Tremayne Johnson want certain evidence excluded from the animal cruelty trial. A judge won’t rule on that request until at least Monday, when jury selection might begin.

The brothers are accused of setting the female pit bull on fire in 2009. The dog was later euthanized. The first trial ended with a hung jury.

Defense lawyers want the judge to exclude a police surveillance video showing portions of the attack, calling it unreliable, and a gas can prosecutors have tried to link to the burning. Lawyers say the brothers’ fingerprints and DNA weren’t found on the can.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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