Wood County Circuit Court
PARKERSBURG — A man accused in a brutal attack on a kitten caught on video pleaded not guilty this week to two charges of cruelty to animals.
Bailey E. Keel, 23, appeared for his arraignment before Wood County Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters on Thursday via video from the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County, the format by which most court business has been conducted recently in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Keel was arrested in January after video from a home security camera showing him slamming a kitten to the ground multiple times was posted on YouTube and circulated via social media.
His trial was set for June 10. Keel remains in custody on a $105,000 bond.
The following cases were also heard by Waters on Wednesday and Thursday. All were conducted by video, unless otherwise noted:
* Bradley A. Chaffin, 40, in custody at the regional jail, pleaded not guilty to burglary, receiving/transferring a stolen vehicle and grand larceny. His trial was set for June 23. A motion to reinstate bond was denied.
* Brittni Cheyenne Messick, 27, in custody at the regional jail, waived extradition to Washington County, Ohio, on a charge of failure to appear. Felony charges against her in West Virginia must be resolved before she can be extradited.
* Kyle G. Herwald, 32, in custody at the jail, waived extradition to Washington County on a charge of failure to appear on a count of burglary. His motion to self-report was denied.
* Taylor McKenna Parker, 25, Akron, did not appear for arraignment on two counts of second-offense possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. A capias warrant for her arrest was issued by the court.
* Joseph Russell Mason, 29, in custody at the jail, pleaded not guilty to nine counts of person prohibited from possessing firearms and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver. His trial was scheduled for June 10.