Witness Ordered Jailed At Dog Burning Trial

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore Circuit judge has ordered a witness jailed for six months for refusing to testify at the trial of twins accused of setting a pit bull puppy on fire, causing fatal burns.

Travers and Tremayne Johnson, 20, were identified at their first trial by 25-year-old Tiera Goodman as running from the scene in 2009. The first trial ended in a mistrial.

The Baltimore Sun reports that on the witness stand Tuesday, Goodman told Judge Emanuel Brown that she wasn’t going to testify. A prosecutor asked if Goodman, who is serving time on an unrelated charge, would rather serve additional
time than testify.

“Yep,” Goodman replied.

Prosecutors will show video of Goodman’s testimony from the first trial.

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

  • MrObvious

    That’s right, no need to snitch. Because snitching is soooo much worse than, for example, burning another living creature for amusement.

  • Joe

    I still like how people still treat dogs as human. They are not. The only reason Goodman got 6 more months for not testifying is because the judge is mad that she would not listen. Good for her not bowing to the courts.

    • lahigher

      Whether you view dogs as human or not is irrelevant…animal abuse is still illegal and backing out of testifying as a witness is still punishable, whether or not the judge is mad about it or couldn’t care less

    • http://themanstechnicalmanual.wordpress.com/ themanstechnicalmanual

      You are a sick one, Joe. A dog is burned badly enough that it DIES, the witness sees these two people do it, and you tell her, Good for her not bowing to the courts, as she won’t testify against them…and that sounds ok to you? Suppose that dog was used as a service dog and it kept a child living? Suppose the dog was used as a military dog and it saved the military men and women that protect you. Then, would it matter to you whether it was BURNED ALIVE or not?

  • Kristie

    Not bowing to the courts? Wow, you don’t believe in doing the right thing? You don’t believe in testifying because someone did a horribe and cruel act? We have a duty as human beings to speak up! The dog may not be human, but it is dependant on us to take care of it. In our society dogs are pets, they assist blind people, people with diabetes and other things, and they are police dogs. I hope in your lifetime you don’t need someone to testify to help you with anything, You know, people that can freely torture an animal like this have very little regard for life , and they tend to grow up to be quite horrible people. Incredible that you defend both acts, the torturers and the witness who wouldn’t speak up. Puts you on the same level as them to me.

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  • Melanie

    Takes one to know one huh Joe? You definitely sound as dumb as she does. Just remember it always comes back full circle…

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