Alleged cat shooters' case postponed again

By Laura McVicker, Columbian staff writer

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Updated: August 16, 2011, 5:26 PM

 

Arraignment of three teens arrested in connection to a cat shooting spree was postponed until Sept. 13, as attorneys hope to resolve the case prior to setting a trial.

Mitchell Kangas, 16, Jaren Koistinen, 16, both of Battle Ground, and Riley Munger, 17, of La Center appeared Tuesday afternoon before Judge Rich Melnick. Melnick set a review date in September but expressed frustration that the case has stalled the last two months.

“Let’s try to get some movement on this case,” Melnick told the attorneys.

The three were arrested June 5 in Battle Ground in connection to several animal shootings in northern Clark County. Prosecutors have estimated more than 100 cats have been shot, as well as two dogs and a deer.

Prosecutors have stalled on filing charges, saying they are still deciding whether to try the teens as adults. They are in discussions with defense attorneys.

Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said after the brief hearing that another option is to resolve the case with a guilty plea at the time of arraignment. He has not yet made a decision on the case.

“My hope is that we can end this case sooner rather than later,” Vu said.

The three, arrested on suspicion of animal cruelty and drive-by shooting charges, are free on bail.