A pretrial conference has been continued in a Leavenworth felony animal cruelty case.

A pretrial conference has been continued in a Leavenworth felony animal cruelty case.

The defendant, Lemuel D. Hunter Jr., appeared Wednesday in Leavenworth County District Court for the pretrial conference. But Hunter’s attorney, Geoffrey Sonntag, requested the continuance.

Sonntag said he is discussing with Hunter whether the defendant should have a jury trial.

Hunter, 58, is charged with felony animal cruelty for allegedly abusing a dog Feb. 19 in Leavenworth. Hunter is accused of burning the dog with a propane torch.

During a court appearance last month, Sonntag indicated he hoped to resolve the case through plea negotiations.

But the prosecutor said Wednesday that he has offered no plea deal.

“The state has not made an offer, so we’re probably going to try this (case),” Assistant County Attorney Michael Jones said.

Jones said the issue now is whether the defense wants a trial before a jury or a trial before a judge.

Sonntag said his client was willing to waive a speedy trial requirement if the continuance was granted.

Hunter waived his right to a speedy trial, and the pretrial conference was rescheduled for Sept. 19. A trial date likely will be scheduled at that time.

Hunter remains free on bond.

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