An arrest warrant was issued Friday for a Leavenworth man facing a felony animal cruelty charge after the defendant initially failed to show up for court. But the warrant was rescinded when the defendant showed up later in the day, according to a prosecution official.

An arrest warrant was issued Friday for a Leavenworth man facing a felony animal cruelty charge after the defendant initially failed to show up for court. But the warrant was rescinded when the defendant showed up later in the day, according to a prosecution official.

A preliminary hearing for Lemuel D. Hunter Jr. is now scheduled for March 28.

Hunter, 57, is accused of striking a dog with a board and kicking and choking the animal. He also is alleged to have burned the dog with a propane torch, according to Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

The crime is alleged to have occurred Feb. 19 in the 600 block of Shawnee Street.

Court records show that Hunter was released from jail Thursday after using a bonding company to post a $10,000 bond.

He was scheduled to make a court appearance Friday morning with his court-appointed attorney, Benjamin Casad. But he failed to make the morning court appearance.

“He was just released yesterday to appear here today,” District Judge Gunnar Sundby said Friday in court.

Sundby issued a bench warrant for Hunter's arrest.

The judge canceled the warrant when Hunter appeared in court Friday afternoon with his attorney, according to Jones.

Bond for Hunter had been set at $25,000. But he also had the option of being released on a $10,000 bond if he agreed to bond supervision.

Evidence will be presented during the preliminary hearing, and the judge will decide if the case should proceed.

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