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Williamsport man accused of shooting dogs asks for jury trial

July 23, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

A Williamsport man accused of shooting two dogs that ran onto his property has asked for a jury trial, the man's attorney said today.

Jeffrey Hurd's case will be moved from Washington County District Court to Washington County Circuit Court, Attorney Lewis C. Metzner said.

Hurd, 54, of 11845 Camden Road, was scheduled to appear in District Court this morning but requested a jury trial Tuesday.

A date for Hurd's Circuit Court trial has not been set, Metzer said today.

Hurd was charged in May with felony counts of animal cruelty and malicious destruction of property in connection with the shooting death of Harley, his neighbor's German shepherd.

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The dog was shot several times with a high-powered rifle after it wandered onto property owned by Hurd, according to court documents.

In a phone interview with The Herald-Mail in May, Hurd said the dog was chasing a turkey on his property.

Hurd has also been charged in a similar shooting that occurred in July 2007 when a Labrador retriever that was on his property was killed.

Harley's owner, Renee Rudolph, and her father filed peace order requests against Hurd shortly after the May shooting, saying that they felt threatened by something Hurd said.

According to court documents, Hurd told Rudolph and her father, "I'll shoot you and I'll say I was shooting at a turkey."

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