Man facing more charges in cat killing; trial on Jan. 26

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By Thomas Barr

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - A man who was already charged with five counts of torturing cats in late 2010 is now facing three additional charges.

And a new trial date has been set for the original allegations.

The next trial will be held on Jan. 26 in Bullitt Circuit Court.

The previous trial date was delayed when new DNA evidence was produced just before the proceedings were to begin.

Prosecutor Mike Ferguson did not know if all the charges would be merged into a single trial. Alex Phelps is also facing charges in Jefferson County, according to defense attorney Thomas Clay.

Circuit judge Rodney Burress allowed Phelps to remain free on his current $25,000 cash bond. He is also under the home incarceration program.

Clay had requested his client be allowed to remain on bond. On two occasions while incarcerated, he said Phelps was subjected to injuries from other inmates.

During a recent hearing held to determine whether the Jefferson County cases could be mentioned to the Bullitt County jury, some evidence was revealed.

Dr. Rachel Brown testified that the lacerations from the cats found in both counties were similar. The legs had also been restrained in a similar manner.

In the preliminary autopsy report, Brown told Clay that the cause of death on several of the cats was listed as ‘unknown” but that all had been cut in the same way and all were tied up.

Clay objected to Brown testifying, as she was not on the list of witnesses provided by the commonwealth.

But Ferguson said Phelps gave a confession on killing the cats. The admission was for killing two cats in Jefferson and two in Bullitt.