Tyler Weinman, the teen accused of mutilating and killing 19 cats across South Miami-Dade, was released from jail Wednesday to await a trial as friends and family continued to proclaim his innocence.
Weinman had been jailed pending a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation. After reviewing a doctor's findings that Weinman posed no ''risk of harming himself or others,'' Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton allowed him released on $249,500 bond.
Weinman, 18, faces arraignment July 6. He is charged with 19 counts of felony animal cruelty, 19 counts of improperly disposing of an animal body and four counts of burglary.
The evidence against him which led to the arrest has not been released. The police referred to confidential sources. And naturally the defense attorney and the family are proclaiming his innocence. We always take that with a grain salt, but then there's this.
Weinman also acknowledged he was driving with a suspended license, the report said. He was charged with marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license, and signed a notice promising to appear in court.
After that, the cat killings stopped in Cutler Bay, where Weinman's mother lives. But several more cats were killed in Palmetto Bay, where his father lives.
So, he's a rich kid, smokes dope, drives without a license, but does he break into houses and kill cats? Could there be more than one disturbed teenager in Miami doing this? Does this kind of animal cruelty really lead to serial killing of humans? Or is that a myth like marijuana leads to heroin?
What's your opinion?