Accused dog killer pleads not guilty

238
Gerald Wayne Cruz II pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday morning when answering to allegations that he was the gunman in a string of animal shootings in Yigo last year.

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.

##

Previous articleMantanona brother enters plea agreement
Next articleAcosta pleads not guilty to new rape charges in Nauta murder case
Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.