By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
TRENTON – Animal cruelty and home invasion charges against a 21-year-old resident were dismissed Wednesday prior to the start of his jury trial in Wayne County Circuit Court due to a technicality, and then refiled in 33rd District Court the next day.
A circuit court official cited an issue with discovery in the case and both sides asked for an adjournment Wednesday, leading Judge Mark T. Slavens to dismiss the case. Prosecutors refiled the case Thursday in 33rd District Court, where Allen Lee Bonds was first arraigned Sept 21 on the charges.
Bonds waived his arraignment Thursday in 33rd District Court in Woodhaven and is set for a preliminary examination at 9 a.m. March 16. Judge Michael McNally ordered Bonds not to have any contact with his ex-girlfriend or her mother and he is not to own any animals. Bonds is not being jailed pending his pretrial hearing.
Bonds’ charges — second-degree home invasion, two counts of killing or torturing animals, one count of animal cruelty to two or three animals and a fifth count of cruelty resulting in an animal’s death – were dismissed moments before a scheduled jury trial. The same five charges were refiled against him Thursday.
Bonds hired David Steingold as his attorney; it’s unknown if he will continue as his attorney through this process.
Bonds was first arraigned Sept. 21 in 33rd District Court before McNally. He was bound over to circuit court for trial Oct. 21. The same day, his bond was reduced from $250,000 to $120,000 and he bonded out the same day.
Bonds, a Trenton High School graduate, was attending Ferris State University pursuing a degree in law enforcement.
According to Trenton police, who began the investigation in December 2014, the dogs’ deaths started in July 2014. Bonds’ ex-girlfriend went to police in December 2014 after three dogs had died suspiciously in separate incidents.
Investigators report the then-girlfriend and her mother left two Yorkshire terriers in Bonds’ care while they were away at a concert in July. They returned hours later to find one of the dogs dead and the other in a closet acting timid. The second dog died about two weeks later.
In August 2014, the former girlfriend reported checking on her new dog before leaving for work. The dog was fine and allegedly with Bonds in a bedroom. She left the room and a short time later Bonds called her in the room and the dog was dead. Veterinarian records suggest the dog’s neck was snapped.
In December 2014 the woman found another dog, McGee, with a bloody nose. Several days later, McGee was let outside into the backyard and appeared healthy. When the woman and her mother returned to their house, McGee was lying in the backyard and lethargic and ill.
The pair took the dog to the vet, where he was treated for multiple injuries. The veterinarian reportedly said the dog suffered injuries from blunt force trauma.
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