Yesterday’s pretrial hearing in Wilana Frazier’s animal cruelty case in Hernando County FL has come and gone with seemingly little progress and yet another pretrial hearing set for October 28.
Court documents merely note a status check and another waiving of the right to a speedy trial from yesterdays hearing, along with the setting of October 28 for the next step in the process to getting to trial.
A concerned Florida resident and supporter of the quest for justice for Dexter kitten and the second kitten, now called Drake, who was beaten along with Dexter on June 10 of this year in a public park in broad daylight, allegedly by Wilana Frazier and her two young boys, was in court and has shared her observations of what went on.
Felicia Poquette observed the hearing and took away an impression that the Prosecutor may not be standing as firm as hoped, and may be considering non-state jail time for Frazier, if she is convicted or pleads guilty. There is still no public indication that the woman may decide to plead out the case.
A few observers have noted that the defense attorney does not seem to be well received by the judge, but even if so, that may not reflect upon the case or its outcome.
We are told that the court has accepted reports and is considering information that we have not been able to verify as fact; for example the online forum comment by a supposed neighbor that the kittens were hers and were taken and beaten in retaliation for her children taking back a bike stolen from them by the Frazier boys. We have only reported the existence of this comment and have no way of knowing whether it is factual or not. Another widely circulated piece of information that we cannot verify is that Frazier at one point put a photo of a kitten on her Nuce Boo Facebook profile with the banner No Regrets. While the court has received reports on these two pieces of information, we have no knowledge of whether they have been taken seriously and investigated or not. We hope they have at least been investigated.
For now, we wait. We will continue to follow this case all the way through to its conclusion.
Action News 10 was at the courthouse but, to paraphrase Ms. Poquette, they’re unlikely to run footage of six minutes of trying to set the next court date.
The creator of the Care2 petition asking for rigorous prosecution and maximum penalty, should there be a conviction or plea, tells us that the petition will remain open for the duration of this case, up to sentencing. The petition has been presented to the court, and updates are presented at the appropriate times.
Our story Justice for Dexter Kitten: Care2 Petition Asks Maximum Prosecution For Attacker includes a link to the petition.
For more on Dexter and his sweet short life, and on this case, view our complete index of Dexter kitten stories.