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Man believed to have killed dog during burglary will not face charges

Christopher Haney
Christopher Haney
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The man believed to be responsible for burglarizing a Newport, Tenn., family's home and stomping their small dog to death, will not face any charges, reported Thursday's WBIR News.

Thanks to a technicality, the charges against 22-year-old Christopher Haney, have been completely dropped.

Haney was accused of breaking into the LaForce family's home in Nov. 2012; during the course of the breaking, the family's 14-month-old dog "Simon," was killed.

The family found the dog in a pool of blood - he was believed to have been stomped to death.

Haney, a neighbor to the burglarized family, was arrested in February 2013, but a judge threw out the charges against him because the evidence, including several of the family's stolen items, which was found in Haney's bedroom cannot be utilized since the officer did not have a search warrant.

According to the report, the officer who found stolen goods inside of Haney's bedroom, in a house where Haney was staying, had permission from the homeowner to conduct the search. The permission to search, however, did not extend into Haney's bedroom.

Prior story about this crime here.

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