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Trial Date Set In Dog Killing Case

Rape suspect to be arraigned today

September 21, 2012
By TYLER REYNARD Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Ohio County Circuit Judge James Mazzone during docket day proceedings Thursday scheduled alleged dog killer Anthony Doyle's trial on two counts of animal cruelty for Nov. 19.

He is accused of beating a dog to death Aug. 5 at a Wheeling Island home. As of late Thursday, he had not posted $25,000 bond and remained lodged in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville.

A woman on Aug. 5 told police she heard a dog crying prior to witnessing Doyle "dive on the dog and punch it until it went limp," a police report states. Doyle then dumped the dog's body in a weeded area near the house, the witness told police.

Officers traveled to the scene and found the deceased dog where the witness said Doyle had abandoned it. Police entered McPherson's home and discovered "blood spatter throughout the apartment," the report states. They also found Doyle inside the apartment, reportedly covered in blood and intoxicated.

Absent in Mazzone's courtroom Thursday were the dog's owner and others who attended previous hearings in the case wearing T-shirts with the message "Justice for Toby," referring to the 18-month-old Shih Tzu.

Mazzone or Ohio County Circuit Judge David Sims also accepted innocent pleas from and set trial dates Thursday for the following individuals for various alleged crimes:

The arraignment proceeding of alleged child rapist David Maya was continued until 11 a.m. today before Sims.

The Ohio County Prosecutor's Office was not able to secure an interpreter to appear with Maya and his attorney, Assistant Public Defender Samuel Stillwell, on Thursday.

Maya, 24, of Elkridge, Md. was indicted on a charge of sexual assault after allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in June near a Wheeling Island playground. He remains in the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on $500,000 bond.

Also, the arraignment proceeding of Andy Eureka, 29, of Triadelphia, on charges of first-degree sexual assault, first-degree sexual abuse sexual abuse by a custodian was delayed until 10:30 a.m. Monday before Sims. He remains in jail on $150,000 bond.

Mazzone issued a capias warrant for Robert Thomas Scott, 53, of Martins Ferry after Scott failed to appear Thursday on charges of grand larceny and conspiracy.

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