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Offline BigRog

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Prosecutors subpoena murder suspect's dog
« on: March 09, 2005, 05:52:34 PM »
Prosecutors subpoena murder suspect's dog
Wednesday, March 9, 2005 Posted: 1:36 PM EST (1836 GMT)

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas (AP) -- Prosecutors hoping for a witness in a murder case to roll over were barking up the wrong tree.

They sent out a batch of subpoenas for anyone who had contact with Albert K. Smith while he was jailed awaiting his murder trial. One of those subpoenas went out to 5-year-old Murphy Smith -- Smith's dog, it turned out.

The defendant had written his dog a letter from his cell, and that is how the shih tzu's name got on the witness list.

Prosecutors realized the mistake on Tuesday after the defendant's brother brought in Murphy to answer the subpoena and a deputy would not let them into the courthouse because no dogs were allowed.

Prosecutor Robin Green said she apologized to the brother for any inconvenience, and added: "The dog was friendly enough and probably would have been a very cooperative witness."

Albert Smith is accused of shooting to death his ex-wife's boyfriend.
"Lurch my good man,…what did you mean when you said just now that 'You've got better things to do than run my petty little errands'…….?"

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Prosecutors subpoena murder suspect's dog
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2005, 12:24:23 PM »
Rather than shooting, his ex-wifes boyfriend.  He should have given him the shih-tzu.  

My sister-in-law had one of those and all it did was bark and claw at the front door.  A real - pain in the butt.  But then again,  so is my sister-in-law!   :D

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Prosecutors subpoena murder suspect's dog
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2005, 08:48:36 PM »
A friend of mine has one of those - a mix anyway. That is the most hyper, noisiest, and most annoying dog I have ever been around. It's bark is very loud and high pitched too.
I don't know how they stand it.