A trial has been scheduled for a man facing a felony animal cruelty charge in Leavenworth.

A trial has been scheduled for a man facing a felony animal cruelty charge in Leavenworth.

Lemuel D. Hunter Jr. appeared Friday in Leavenworth County District Court for a pretrial conference. District Judge Michael Gibbens scheduled the trial for Jan. 14.

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.

He is free on bond.

During Friday’s pretrial conference, the prosecutor and defense attorney indicated they may call expert witnesses during the trial.

The attorneys believe the trial may take 1.5 days.

Gibbens inquired about plea negotiations in the case.

Assistant County Attorney Michael Jones indicated there really have not been any plea negotiations and he does not expect any.

A hearing to take up pretrial motions is scheduled for Dec. 14.

A pretrial conference had been scheduled for earlier in the week, but it was rescheduled for Friday after Hunter did not appear in court.

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