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Man accused of shooting dog in the head with a cross bow claims self-defense

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LAPEER, MI (WNEM) -

A man accused of animal cruelty claims he was protecting his family.

Christopher Scott claimed self-defense when he shot his dog Gemma in the head with a crossbow arrow in March.

On Thursday July 23, Judge John Conover from Lapeer County sent the case trial, after finding there was enough evidence to do so.

"The people look forward to having this matter tried before a jury so that the members of this community can have to fairly and impartially access the defendant’s actions on this," Conover said.

Lapeer County prosecutor, Timothy Turkelson was happy with the decision.

"There was no evidence in my opinion that this defendant had just cause to destroy the animal," Turkelson said.

Defense attorney Dennis McCarthy said his client was only trying to protect his young children saying the dog was violent.

"I think that the just cause statute that my client was charged is actual element of the crime and so the case should not have been bound over because there was no evidence that my client did not have proper cause," McCarthy said.

But prosecutors argued that Scott changed his story too many times to be believed. And the judge agreed.

“You lied, and that hurts your credibility,” Conover said.

If found guilty, Scott could faces a felony charge with a maximum sentence of four years.

Gemma is currently at the Devoted Barn animal rescue and rehabilitation center while she gets ready to go up for adoption.

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