I don't know what the police know, but it sounds like he did it. His parents are divorced, and one parent lives in South Miami-Dade County (where the cat-killing was originally going on) and the other parent lives in an area of Broward (where it was subsequently going on) and he spent his time between both parents. Story here.
Jun 17th, 2009 | MIAMI -- A judge in Miami says a teenager accused of more than a dozen cat killings is "competent" to be released from jail under electronic monitoring.
Tyler Hayes Weinman had already posted bond before Wednesday's hearing, but the judge would not release him until the 18-year-old's psychiatric evaluation could be reviewed.
Judge John Thornton ordered Weinman released during a brief hearing. He said the 18-year-old "does not appear at risk of harming himself or others." Thornton said Weinman would be allowed to attend counseling as recommended by a doctor.
Weinman's father told TV reporters he is "absolutely sure" his son is innocent.
Weinman is accused of a brutal string of cat mutilation killings that terrorized two suburban Miami communities.
See here too.
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.
The 18-year-old also had to post a $249,500 bond to secure his release until he can be tried on the felony counts. He'll be released at some point today, but will be required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet and be under house arrest until his July 6 arraignment. . . .
I'm glad he doesn't live around here, and my cats don't go outside anyway, except on the terrace.