By George Chidi
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/15/07
Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter said Tuesday authorities have sent a pit bull's frozen body to an expert in connection with the felony animal cruelty case against Falcons defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux.
Authorities have asked the expert to re-examine it in the presence of an expert witness for the defense.
"We are in the process of refining the expert opinion," Porter said.
Police charged Babineaux in February in the death of Kilo, a pit bull-mix owned by his girlfriend. Investigators say Babineaux killed the dog.
Babineaux's girlfriend, Blair Anderson, said she and Babineaux argued Feb. 18 and that Babineaux later suggested she return home to check on the dog.
Anderson told police she found Kilo in "severe physical distress" and took the dog to the Animal Emergency Center of Gwinnett near Lawrenceville.
Hospital officials summoned police after pronouncing Kilo dead.
Initial tests showed that the dog died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Babineaux was released from jail on $2,300 bond shortly after his arrest. He has denied hurting the dog.
Babineaux has declined several times to comment on the case. His attorney in Lawrenceville, Patrick McDonough, did not return several calls seeking comment.
Babineaux faces the possibility of a suspension if he's convicted of the animal cruelty charge.
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