June 06, 2007 LAPEER — The attorney for a 20-year-old Imlay Township woman charged with animal killing, torture and neglect is requesting that all charges against his client be dropped.
David Richardson, who is representing Kate Mills, her parents Mark and Ellen Mills, and brother Andrew Mills, says he plans to file a motion to that effect on Mon., June 11 at 11 a.m.
Richardson claims that Kate was living elsewhere when Lapeer County Sheriff's Deputies and Animal Control officers searched and found a dead horse and several dead lambs on the family's Weyer Road property on March 16.
Because of the allegations, Kate Mills was recently suspended as Oakland County 4-H Club queen and could be stripped of her title if found guilty of the felony charges of animal killing and torture.
"We're requesting dismissal of the charges against Kate, specifically," said Richardson on Monday. "She was not even on the property when this supposed neglect and abuse was allegedly going on. We have documentation that she was living in Lansing at the time."
Kate Mills is a student at Michigan State University, where she is a pre-veterinary student and 4-H scholarship recipient.
"The prosecution has said that because the Mills family had been uncooperative with county officials, they just decided to charge everyone," said Richardson, adding that he could file for a similar dismissal of Andrew's charges.
During last month's preliminary hearing, Circuit Judge Laura Barnard allowed Kate Mill's request to not attend a June 19 continuation of the hearing. She is currently taking part in a six-week internship program in Wisconsin.