Defense Attorney requests judge look over grand juror's statements in dog shooting

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The attorney for the retired New York State Trooper accused of shooting a local man's German Shepherd to death at the Trenton Greenbelt Trails back in August made some requests of the an Oneida County Court Judge on Wednesday morning.

Les Lewis, the defense attorney for former trooper Anthony Randazzo, has filed motions asking Judge Barry Donalty to review the Oneida County Grand Jury minutes in this case, paying special attention to one particular grand juror who talked at length about how people in the military are trained to handle dogs when they feel they're under attack.

Judge Donalty said he will rule regarding the legality of the indictment at a later date.

Randazzo, of Holland Patent, rejected a plea deal in early November that would have given him three years probation. Now, he will face a trial and the possibility of spending two years in state prison if convicted. He faces a felony-level animal cruelty charge. Besides the three years probation, the prosecution's plea offer included a $1,000 fine, restitution of $450 to Sperfeld for his veterinary bills, as well as an order of protection against Randazzo so that he could go no where near Bernard Sperfeld and finally, the forfeiture of Randazzo's pistol permit.

The dog's owner, Bernard Sperfeld, who was at the Oneida County Courthouse on Monday morning claims that Randazzo shot his three year old German Shepard named 'Shadow' as part of a vendetta against him. Sperfeld says he had an argument with Randazzo's girlfriend in that very same area the night before, and the next night Sperfeld says she came to the park, this time with Randazzo.

Sperfeld says Randazzo was out of his vehicle and Randazzo's girlfriend was inside the vehicle, when he says Randazzo shot his dog for no reason from about 30 feet away.

Randazzo has said he shot the dog in self defense. Sperfeld says the dog posed no threat, and says it was an unprovoked attack that makes no sense, especially by a former police officer.

Sperfeld says that during the argument with Randazzo's girlfriend the night before, she threatened him by saying, "I've got connections, I've got connections. I'll take care of your dog and I'll take care of you."

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