A Crestwood man accused of stabbing his neighbours’ dog to death in front of them will go on trial next year.
A St. Louis County judge has set a long-awaited trial date for John Ross III for January 23, 2023. The 62-year-old was charged in 2019 with crimes of animal abuse by mutilating a live animal and d illegal use. of a weapon.
Crestwood Police say the dog, Teddy, strayed into Ross’ yard on Greenview Drive before the attack. According to a probable cause statement, Teddy’s owners came out while the attack was in progress and yelled at Ross to stop.
“After the first stab wound, the victim was outside, saw the accused holding the dog and was about to stab him again with a knife and yelled at the accused not to stab the dog again” , says the statement written by a Crestwood detective. “The victims observed the accused violently stabbing the dog on several occasions.”
Teddy was eventually taken to a vet, but his injuries were so severe he was euthanized, authorities say.
Arguing that Ross was dangerous, police say he admitted to washing the blood off his knife after stabbing Teddy six or seven times, then standing with a gun outside his house, watching his neighbors .
Ross was arrested in September 2019 and the case dragged on and Ross’ motion to dismiss the charges. He was released on bail shortly after his arrest and remains under GPS surveillance. On Thursday, Judge Kristine Kerr set the new trial date.
St. Louis County District Attorney Wesley Bell said in a statement that he was “deeply troubled by the allegations” against Ross.
“On behalf of Teddy and his owners, we take this matter very seriously,” Bell said. “Whether against humans or animals, we will not tolerate violent crime. Period.”
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