Mackley v. StateAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed Defendant's conviction for aggravated animal cruelty and reckless endangering, holding that there was no error and that the evidence was sufficient to support the convictions.
Defendant's convictions arose from a dog fight that resulted in a local teenager grabbing Rocky, a boxer, into the street and Defendant, the owner of the other dogs involved in the fight, shooting Rocky as he was held by the teenager. On appeal, Defendant argued that the district court erred in instructing the jury on the law of animal cruelty and that the evidence was insufficient to convict him of reckless endangering. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) Defendant waived his argument that the jury instruction was confusing or misleading; (2) the district court properly denied Defendant's proposed elements instruction; and (3) the evidence was sufficient to sustain the conviction of reckless endangering.