- Associated Press - Monday, December 28, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A Bismarck man accused of shooting two cats with arrows has pleaded not guilty to two counts of animal cruelty.

The Bismarck Tribune (https://bit.ly/1Oi1Lme ) reports 36-year-old Kristofer Gilliam entered his pleas Monday.

Gilliam lives in the same neighborhood as a woman who reported finding two cats shot with arrows in early November.

An affidavit shows Gilliam contacted police on Nov. 10 “about accidentally shooting a cat with an arrow while target practicing in his backyard.” The document shows that responding officers noticed inside a car parked in Gilliam’s driveway an empty arrow box matching the brand of the arrows that were found in the cats.

Defense attorney Kent Morrow on Monday in court said the arrow brand doesn’t prove intent, but South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell determined there’s probable cause to continue the case.


Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com

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