Radoslaw Czerkawski appeared in Norfolk District Superior Court yesterday looking disheveled for the pretrial conference in the Puppy Doe case that gripped a nation. Public support numbered near one hundred individuals. Czerkawski is facing 12 counts of animal cruelty, one count of misleading police and multiple counts of larceny. The animal cruelty case and the larceny case will be tried separately.
Czerkawski was arrested in October 2013 when he was found in Conn. During a search warrant in Quincy, Mass., Quincy police detectives discovered blood spattered walls in the home of the elderly woman Czerkawski was taking care of. The DNA from the blood matched the DNA of the abused dog. The elderly woman passed away from natural causes the same day Puppy Doe was found.
Defense Attorney John Gibbons originally told the judge he was filing motions to dismiss both the animal cruelty and larceny charges. This never happened. Now Gibbons is filing a motion to suppress. This type of motion is filed when the defense wishes to exclude evidence based on an infringement of constitutional rights.
A pretrial hearing for the motion to suppress is scheduled for November 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. At this time, a trial date for the animal cruelty case will also be scheduled.
The hearing, resided by Judge Fishman, lasted no longer than 10 minutes. The public was large but quiet, and there was a fair amount of media present for the proceedings.
The final pretrial conference for the larceny case was scheduled for February 2, 2015, with a trial date of February 9, 2015. Five days were planned for the larceny case.
Sandra Lee, true crime writer and investigative journalist, attended the hearing. She described Czerkawski as “sullen” and “emaciated, with a look of defeat.”
Czerkawski was “sporting the only wardrobe we've seen him in – more suitable for fall or winter on an 83-degree day. Now he knows how Puppy Doe felt locked inside a bedroom closet in the dreadful August heat we suffered last year," said Lee.
Puppy Doe, once known as Kiya, was a young, female pit bull mix that was found by the side of the road, near death. She had injuries from severe abuse that led to her humane euthanization. Puppy Doe's horrific last months alive rallied the masses, and what ensued was a movement toward cracking down on animal abuse across the country.
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