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Judge, not jury to decide fate of former Trooper accused of shooting man's dog to death

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The former New York State Trooper accused of shooting a Utica man's German Shepherd to death this summer has decided to let a judge, not a jury, decide his fate.

Anthony Randazzo is accused of shooting the dog, named Shadow, to death in August at the Trenton Greenbelt Trails. The dog's owner says the shooting death of the dog comes after a female companion of Randazzo's confronted the dog owner and told him she had 'connections' that would take care of him and his dog.

Randazzo has opted for a bench trial, not a jury trial, which means a judge, not a jury will hear the case and decide his fate.

Newly-elected Herkimer County Judge Court John Crandall - formerly that county's district attorney - will hear the case in Oneida County.

The trial is set for March 19.

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