According to Tuesday's ABC 7 News, a guilty plea is expected from a Baltimore, Md., police officer who allegedly choked and beat a puppy to death earlier this year.
Warren Brown, the lawyer for 28-year-old Alec Eugene Taylor, has stated that his client has decided to plead guilty to the felony animal cruelty charge resulting from the February 26 incident which claimed the life of a seven-month-old Jack Russell terrier, named "Rocko," who belonged to Taylor's girlfriend.
Following Rocko's demise, Taylor allegedly sent a photo of the pup's body, via text, to his girlfriend.
Taylor, who was a five-year veteran of the police force, blames his violent behavior on stress; he claimed to have been under a lot of pressure and the puppy became the innocent target of his frustrations. According to prior publications covering this incident, Taylor had indicated that he was tired of cleaning up messes from the pup and on the day that the puppy was killed, Taylor allegedly stated that Rocko had defecated on the carpet.
The overwhelming amount of evidence against Taylor is what prompted the soon-to-be former police officer's decision to enter a guilty plea. In an effort to retain some of his pension, Taylor plans to resign from the department before entering the guilty plea on August 27.
Taylor's lawyer plans to request probation for his client and hopes that the animal cruelty charge will ultimately be expunged from Taylor's record.
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