- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a former Birmingham attorney admitted to having slit the throat of his family’s dog in 2012.

Al.com (https://bit.ly/1IGxdbf ) reports that 48-year-old James Stewart Robinson on Monday pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree cruelty to a dog and one count of third-degree domestic violence.

Robinson is to get probation under a plea deal with prosecutors in the case, pending a pre-sentencing report.

During the hearing, Robinson said he had an addiction to Adderall, which he was taking for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, when he killed Rufus, an American Staffordshire terrier, on June 17, 2012.

Robinson surrendered to police in November 2012, following a five-month investigation.

Police had said that Robinson killed Rufus during a bitter custody battle with his estranged wife.

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