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Jury selection to begin in alleged
animal cruelty case Mondavi
WACO (AP) — Jury selection was set to
begin Monday in the trial of a former Baylor
University baseball player accused of shooting,
beheading and skinning a stray cat a year ago.
Derek Brehm, 20, of San Antonio is charged
with animal cruelty, a Class A misdemeanor.
In response to the interest the case has gener
ated in the media and with animal rights groups,
McLennan County Court-at-Law Judge Mike DEREK BREHM
Gassaway has ordered 50 prospective jurors to report Monday,
instead of the usual 15.
Brehm’s co-defendant, former Baylor baseball player Clint
Bowers of Robinson, is set for trial April 1.
Waco police arrested the two March 9 shortly after receiving a
report that someone shot a cat near the Baylor campus and fled in
a sport utility vehicle.
Police stopped Bowers’ Chevrolet Tahoe nearby and noticed
blood on the door and steering wheel, according to police reports.
While searching the truck, police found a severed, skinned cat’s
head in the back.
They also found a pellet gun. a knife and a golf club that
appeared to have cat hair on it.
The cat reportedly was named “Queso” by some employees
of a Taco Cabana restaurant near Baylor, where the animal often
ate food scraps.
Prosecutors Crawford Long and Melanie Walker have offered
no plea bargains to either defendant, saying the case shor
decided by a jury.
Both men, through their attorneys, have indicated that
would plead guilty if their sentences would keep them out of
“1 think it is unfortunate that we have to go to trial" Brr
lawyer, Russ Hunt, told the Waco Tribune-Herald for Sunda\
tions. *‘I think the boys did something that showed a lack of
ment. but I don't think they violated the law.”
NEWS IN BRIEF
Former Chrysler CEO
wants to come back
DETROIT (AP) — Former Chrysler Corp.
chairperson Lee lacocca wants to return
to the company he once helped lead,
but said DaimlerChrysler AG chairman
Juergen Schrempp has shut him out.
Schrempp and lacocca have talked
over the past few years about lacocca's
possible return to the automaker. The
Detroit News reported Sunday.
lacocca said Schrempp, the master
mind behind Daimler-Benz's 1998
acquisition of Chrysler, led him on for
months about a possible role in reviving
Chrysler. The company has struggled
Baylor baseball coach Steve Smith suspended both plau-
eight games about two weeks after their arrests. The) have
both left the team.
Brehm, 20, was kicked off the team after beine arreste
September on drunken-driving charges and has since"moved•
to San Antonio. Bowers, 22, remains a student at Bavlor.
Sources told the newspaper that prosecutors are consider-
calling Bowers as a witness in Brehm’s trial. Bowers mir i
offered “testimonial immunity,” meaning Ins testimony woul 'V—^ c ^
igainst him at his own trial. 1^7 | j
In January. Brehm was arrested after failmc to show ur i
pretrial hearing. He surrendered that afternoon and was re : murder, i
soon afterward on a $2,000 bond. K cnni ^
If convicted, Brehm faces up to a year in the county jail r children
maximum $4,000 fine. s | K . ,
Animal rights groups have picketed the courthouse, cafltdlot d C \ ^
Baylor officials to expel the students and have established ,,,,
raising efforts in memory of the cat. j urx ^ | 1
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