Alleged cat killer headed for trial in York County Court
A former East Prospect man accused of savagely attacking his wife's three cats with a baseball bat after assaulting her is facing trial.
Brandon Allen Park, 24, now of the first block of Main Street in Arendtsville, Adams County, allegedly killed one of the cats, according to senior deputy prosecutor Justin Roberts.
The other two cats survived and remain under treatment, Roberts said.
Park waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge John H. Fishel on Thursday, March 15.
That means his case is headed to York County Court for trial. Fishel set Park's formal court arraignment for April 20.
Park remains free on $25,000 bail, charged with three counts of aggravated cruelty to animals and one count each of simple assault, making terroristic threats, reckless endangerment and summary harassment.
The charge of aggravated animal cruelty is a third-degree felony.
Park declined comment as he left Fishel's office Thursday afternoon.
PFA in place: During the waiver hearing, public defender Kathryn Belfy told the judge that Park's wife has obtained a protection from abuse order against him that allows the two to have contact but no abusive or threatening contact.
Belfy said that Park moved out of their home and is living with a family member but that his wife wants to have contact with him.
One of Park's bail conditions forbade him from having any contact with his wife, whose name The York Dispatch is withholding.
Belfy asked Fishel to lift that bail condition, which he did after the prosecution didn't object.
The PFA conditions also require Park to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, which is scheduled, and to attend classes for domestic abusers, according to Belfy.
The background: Troopers were called to Park's former home on Lemon Avenue in East Prospect shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15.
Their investigation determined Park briefly left his home after becoming upset about a malfunctioning video game, then returned "in a more stable mood," documents state.
At that point, Park's wife tried to fix the game, but her efforts "enraged" him, police said.
Park grabbed a metal softball bat and threw it at her, hitting her in the chin, left arm and foot, documents allege.
He then left their home again, warning his wife that if she was still at home when he returned, "then he was going to kill her," charging documents state.
The woman fled to a neighbor's apartment and stayed there for about five minutes, until she saw Park drive away, police said.
When she returned home, she found that Park had beaten her three cats with the bat, documents state.
One cat died: One cat was killed, and the other two suffered serious injuries, according to police.
Park returned home while troopers were still there and was arrested without incident, police said.
He admitted to hitting the cats with the softball bat, documents state.
In 2014, Park was charged with simple assault in York County and pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2015 in exchange for a probationary sentence, according to court records.
For more information about the link between domestic violence and animal cruelty, read this ASPCA report.
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