Trial for Alleged Chihuahua Stomper Begins Monday

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Last-minute motions in the case were heard by Marshall County Circuit Judge Mark A. Karl Nov. 22. Manganelli's attorney, public defender David Zehnder, filed a motion to further limit videotaped statements made by Manganelli to law enforcement officers after his arrest. The motion was not contested by the prosecution and Karl granted the order.

Trial for Alleged Chihuahua Stomper Begins Monday

By KATIE WILSON

MOUNDSVILLE - The trial of an alleged dog stomper is set to begin at 9 a.m. Monday in Marshall County Circuit Court.

James Manganelli, 51, of RD 3 Box 107, Cameron, is charged with one felony count of animal cruelty.

Last-minute motions in the case were heard by Marshall County Circuit Judge Mark A. Karl Nov. 22. Manganelli's attorney, public defender David Zehnder, filed a motion to further limit videotaped statements made by Manganelli to law enforcement officers after his arrest. The motion was not contested by the prosecution and Karl granted the order.

The last-minute motion cites the "quality of the tape is poor and one must often struggle to understand what is said."

The motion noted there are some statements made by the defendant that could be prejudicial to a jury. For example, at one point, Manganelli apparently reports rumors he has heard about himself.

"Each statement has the potential to prejudice the jury against the defendant," the motion states.

Manganelli is accused of killing a woman's pet Chihuahua by kicking it.

According to the criminal complaint filed by sheriff's Deputy Steven M. Cook, LouAnn Barber of Cameron told officers she came home from a shopping trip to find her pet Chihuahua lying dead and half-wrapped in a blanket on a sofa.

Upon examination of the residence, Barber reportedly discovered signs of "some sort of struggle," the complaint states, mostly contained to Barber's bedroom.

The deputies reported they observed mussed bedding, a broken alarm clock stopped at 7:05 p.m., broken glass from a lamp that belonged in the living room and an overturned bottle of lotion.

The deputies also reported they found blood-soaked pieces of either tissue or toilet paper mixed up in the bedding.

Additionally, they reported finding a pair of amber-colored safety glasses on the coffee table that Barber said did not belong to her.

A fingerprint was reportedly found on the glasses.

No signs of forced entry were found during the deputies' preliminary investigation.

Barber maintained that the house was locked up when she left earlier in the day.

The dog was still warm, the deputy found, but rigor mortis had begun to set in. Barber said the dog was not stiff when she and her friend found it on the couch.

A Wheeling veterinarian performed an autopsy and determined the dog died of "severe blunt force," which caused a collapsed lung and "massive hemorrhaging." The veterinarian told deputies that a kick from a pointed shoe, possibly a cowboy boot, could explain the injury.

When deputies spoke with Manganelli at his residence on March 20, they noted he was wearing cowboy boots. He also reportedly said he owned a pair of amber-colored safety glasses like those found on a coffee table about three feet away from the dead dog. Manganelli was wearing cowboy boots at the Marshall County magistrates' office before waiving his preliminary hearing April 25.

The suspect reportedly was the only other individual that had a key to Barber's residence in case he tripped a breaker while working on his motorcycle in a detached garage on Barber's rented property.