Accused Fla. cat killer to get state aid

Aug. 24, 2009 at 1:28 PM

MIAMI, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- A judge in Miami-Dade County, Fla., ruled Monday the state will help pay for the defense of accused serial cat killer Tyler Weinman.

The Miami Herald said Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton ruled the state will pay $12,500 for witness depositions and investigative services in defense of Weinman, who stands accused of mutilating and killing 19 cats.

In relation to the cat killings in Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay, Fla., Weinman has been charged with 19 counts each of felony animal cruelty and improperly disposing of an animal body.

Weinman, 18, is also facing four counts of burglary in the criminal case stemming from the discovery of cat corpses between April and June.

Defense attorney David Macey, who is representing Weinman, said his client is an unemployed high school dropout who has no available funds to mount a proper defense.

"This is a massive investigation, the likes I've never seen in 14 years. He's going to need help from the judicial commission to have a competent defense," Macey argued Monday.

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