BECKLEY– Raleigh County Circuit Court Judge Kirkpatrick ruled Wednesday that Jasper–the whippet mix accused of biting two children–be euthanized but granted a 30 day stay to allow defense attorneys time to appeal.
According to the Register-Herald, approximately 35 people crowded into court to watch the case. The defense attorneys asked Kirkpatrick to remand Jasper’s case to magistrate court. However, Kirkpatrick agreed with Raleigh Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, John Gallaher that he does not have legal authority to remand the case to magistrate court.
Kirkpatrick ordered that a representative of the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office be present when the dog is euthanized- pending the results of the appeal.