WICHITA — A Wichita man has been acquitted of a felony animal cruelty charge that was filed after police said he struck a dog with a baseball bat.
Prosecutors said a jury returned a not guilty verdict late Thursday against James Jarvais, 27, in Sedgwick County District Court.
Efforts to contact Jarvais' public defender Friday were unsuccessful.
During Jarvais' trail, an 8-year-old boy told the jury that he saw a neighbor strike a Chihuahua mix named Popeye with a baseball bat on Oct. 6, 2009. The dog was later euthanized.
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Although the boy couldn't identify Jarvais in the courtroom, another witness identified Jarvais as the one who struck the dog.