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Judge drops charges for Hannibal man accused of animal abuse

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UPDATED September 26th, 10:59 p.m.

The charges for the man accused of killing a cat with a bow and arrow had his charges dropped Wednesday in a Marion County courtroom.

Nicholas D Mitchell, 29 of Hannibal had his Felony Animal Abuse charge dropped.

Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton said he wants to make clear this was not his decision.

My office presented evidence but the primary witness claim to be intoxicated at the time who himself has a criminal history and changed his story and was deemed not credible," Marion County Prosecuting Attorney David Clayton explained. "The defendant did not confess to the crime nor did anyone else admit to him doing it. We all know he did it we just couldn’t prove it and unfortunately when it comes to a court of law that requires evidence which was not available. I can bring the case again but I’m afraid the same result will just happen again but keep in mind it wasn’t my decision to dismiss the case it was the judge and people need to remember the judges are the ones that make the decisions not the prosecutors.

Mitchell turned himself in to Hannibal officers Saturday, July 7th, and was placed on a 24 hour hold. Mitchells bond is set at $25,000.00 and remains in the Marion County Jail.

UPDATED July 9th at 10:15 a.m.

A warrant was issued July 8th, by the Circuit Court of Marion County, charging Nicholas D Mitchell, 29 of Hannibal, with Felony Animal Abuse.

After reviewing the investigative report, Marion County Prosecutor, David Clayton, stated, “Animal abuse of any type will not be tolerated. My office will continue to work closely with the Hannibal Police Dept. We are both taking the matter very seriously”.

Mitchell turned himself in to Hannibal officers Saturday, July 7th, and was placed on a 24 hour hold. Mitchells bond is set at $25,000.00 and remains in the Marion County Jail.


HANNIBAL, MO - Hannibal Police are investigating a reported case of animal cruelty and need your help.

HPD was called to the 2900 block of Market Street with reports of a cat shot with an arrow and many other visible wounds.

The animal is being treated by a local veterinarian. The cat's prognosis isn't available at this time.

The City of Hannibal takes these cases very seriously.

If you have any information related to this case of abuse, please contact the Police Department at 573-221-0987 or online.


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