Former Mayor to Defend Dog in Court

By: Elizabeth Lamb Email
By: Elizabeth Lamb Email

WAYNESBORO -- Former Waynesboro Mayor Frank Lucente had a hearing in court on Wednesday centered around his dog. He's appealing the court's ruling that his dog is dangerous after it bit someone last June.

A judge laid out ground rules for when Lucente heads to trial in May. That judge determined what evidence can be used in court and how that will affect the jury.

Lucente said the trial is politically-motivated. He said Waynesboro's court system should focus on other problems like drugs and child pornography. He also said he's being manipulated by the court.

He told WHSV in a statement he feels short-changed by the court system. He said, “If I wasn't in politics, this wouldn't be happening. The city hasn't treated me fairly.”

The Commonwealth's attorney said this could be the first-ever jury trial in Virginia for a dangerous dog case.

Both the prosecution and defense got into a heated discussion about how the trial should proceed.


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