Not guilty, that is how Gerald Wayne Cruz II pleaded in court Wednesday morning when answering to allegations that he was the gunman in a string of animal shootings in Yigo last year.
He is facing two counts of animal cruelty with the special allegation of use of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony, three counts of possession of an unregistered firearm and one count of unsworn falsification.
Earlier this year, Superior Court of Guam Judge Michael Bordallo dismissed the first indictment against Cruz, claiming that the indictment failed to allege that Cruz had cruelly killed the animals.
One of the victims was a dog named Pugua who was senselessly shot mere feet away from the front door of his owner.
In demanding justice for Pugua, Cyrus Luhr, president of the Guam Animals In Need (GAIN) board said: “Pugua was a kind, loving family pet. Yet he was cruelly and violently murdered on private property. If his killer isn’t brought to justice, how can anyone feel safe in their homes? It’s important that our laws are enforced. We thank the Attorney General for filing felony charges against this admitted animal killer.”
Cruz will appear again before Judge Bordallo on July 25.