A 45-year-old West Richland man pleaded innocent to allegations that he shot a dog and left its body in a ditch near the Ringold Fish Hatchery in Franklin County.
Robert Victor Garsjo faces a June 20 trial in Franklin County Superior Court. He has charged with first-degree animal cruelty and unlawful use of a loaded firearm for shooting across or along a roadway.
According to court documents, Franklin County sheriff's deputies received a call Dec. 18 about someone shooting a dog near the hatchery.
The caller said the suspect drove away in a green truck with a Ducks Unlimited decal in the back window and Deputy Marcus Conner spotted the truck on Taylor Flats Road.
Conner stopped the truck and told Garsjo that he had been seen shooting a dog. Garsjo admitted he had shot a dog because it had been barking, would not follow directions and tried to bite him, documents said.
Conner said he noticed a large amount of what appeared to be blood on the driver's side of the truck.
Conner and Garsjo went back to the scene and the dog was found dead in the ditch, documents said.
It appeared the dog had been shot numerous times at close range with a shotgun.
A witness said he didn't see the shooting, but had heard it. He said it was the "most awful thing he had ever heard," documents said.
Another witness said he saw Garsjo shoot toward the dog as the dog ran from the Columbia River toward the road, documents said.
He said the dog was shot as it ran away from Garsjo and shots were being fired directly toward the road, documents said.
Conner noted that the shotgun was filled with birdshot shells and would not reliably and quickly kill a dog of that size, documents said. He said the birdshot shells would have increased suffering and pain before the dog died.
Pasco man to plead self-defense in shooting
A west Pasco man accused of shooting his neighbor over alleged BB gun incidents will claim he acted in self-defense, court documents show.
Froilan Campos-Gonzalez Jr., 54, is charged with first-degree assault for the Dec. 8 shooting of Gregg Warehime. The trial was delayed two weeks because of scheduling conflicts and now is scheduled for May 9.
Campos-Gonzalez is accused of going across the street to Warehime's home, forcing his way inside and confronting him about allegedly shooting a BB gun at his home.
Warehime said he pushed Campos-Gonzalez against a wall and hit him in the face because he would not get out of his house, documents said.
That's when Campos-Gonzalez reportedly pulled out a pistol, pointed it at Warehime and fired once.
Campos-Gonzalez has said he believed he was defending himself because Warehime had his hands around his throat, documents said.
Warehime, a 24-year-old nursing student, was paralyzed after the bullet entered his stomach and hit his spine.
A defense evaluation indicated that Campos-Gonzalez suffered from delusions that may have been fueled by prescription pain medications.
Man back in court after skipping his 1999 trial
A 41-year-old Kennewick man was back in a Franklin County court Tuesday -- almost 13 years after he skipped out on his trial.
Salvador Chavez was charged in 1996 with forging checks and was in Superior Court when his trial started with jury selection July 7, 1999, court documents said.
After the jury was selected, he was ordered to return to court at 10 a.m. July 14 for testimony to begin, but he did not return, documents said.
The trial proceeded without him and Chavez was found guilty of two counts of forgery.
He was charged July 26, 1999, with bail jumping and had been on the lam until March 22, when he was found at a home at 1016 N. Fourth St. in Pasco and arrested on the warrant.
Chavez pleaded innocent Tuesday to bail jumping and his trial was set for May 23. He's being held in the Franklin County jail on $10,000 bail.
He is still awaiting sentencing on his forgery convictions.
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