Testimony Heard In Midland Dog Poisoning Case 10-13-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Testimony Heard In Midland Dog Poisoning Case 10-13-2010

A judge determined Wednesday there is enough evidence for Bo Weston Smith to stand trial on accusations he poisoned two young dogs with antifreeze.
The prosecution first called the dog's owner, Dorothy Shuler, Wednesday. She testified that on June 15, her West Highland terrier and beagle-boxer mix named Marlee and Winston were very lethargic and violently ill. She took them to the vet the next day but the dogs died soon after. Tests confirmed the dogs ingested antifreeze.
Shuler said her son found an aluminum pan with meat in it in a wooded area across the street from her home that the dogs frequented. Shuler said the defendent lives near that wooded area and was often aggressive toward the dogs.
“The dogs would go outside, they would go over to his yard and I would see him [Smith] yell at them, curse them. I'd see him kick them a few times," Shuler testified.
Around the same time the dogs died, a woman said she overheard Smith at a restaurant allegedly talking about killing the dogs.
"I heard him say, 'I got rid of the dogs,' a pause of three to four seconds, then I heard him say 'I put meat and antifreeze in an aluminum pan and sat across the road,'” Judith Schogger told the court.
The defense said the prosecution's case is based on testimony from someone who couldn't accurately remember when she overheard Bo Smith talking about the dogs being poisoned. They also say there are no fingerprints and no other evidence linking Smith to the dogs.
Nevertheless, a date for pretrial hearings will be set sometime on Thursday.
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