Judge Postpones Cat Killer Evidence Ruling

Evidence against the accused cat butcher could be released next week

A judge decided to postpone a decision on whether to make evidence against accused South Florida Cat Butcher Tyler Weinman public.

Though some details have already been leaked to the press, media outlets have requested that the entire arrest affidavit be unsealed.

Circuit Judge John Thornton said prosecutors may have a tough time proving a victim or a witness may be endangered by release of the document, which is a key point to keeping the evidence sealed.

A report yesterday revealed some of the details of the prosecution's case against Weinman, including the finding of cutting tools in his room, evidence of scratch marks on his body and the use of a tracking device on his car which puts him in close proximity to the scene of many of the 19 cat killings he is accused of committing.

Weinman is charged with 19 counts of animal cruelty, 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body and four counts of burglary in the spree of cat mutilations and killings throughout Cutler Bay and Palmetto Bay. He was released Wednesday on $249,500 bond after a judge examined a psychiatric evaluation and ruled that Weinman was competent to proceed.

A judge had granted prosecutors' requests to keep the affidavit sealed earlier this week so as not to interfere with investigations into possible Weinman accomplices. The issue will be revisited on Wednesday.

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