Tyler Weinman, Once Accused Cat Killer, Sues Miami-Dade County

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Tyler Weinman, the Palmetto Bay man who was once accused of killing several pet cats, is now suing Miami-Dade County for negligence that led to his false arrest. The case was dropped in 2010 after an expert hired by the defense found that several of the carcasses of the cats had bites caused by a large animal.

"This young man was vilified in the media. It became a national and international subject. He became a pariah," Weinman's attorney, Ronald S. Guralnick, tells the Miami Herald. "My client should have never been charged in the first place."

The suit claims Weinman's arrest was based on a negligent investigation and built on circumstantial evidence. The case and Weinman's arrest made headlines across the nation.

Weinman was arrested in the spring of 2009, when the bodies of 19 cats were found in yards across Palmetto Bay and Culter Bay. An animal services investigator, who incidentally was being filmed by Animal Planet cameras for a potential reality show, decided the deaths were the work of a cat killer. An anonymous tip led to Weinman's arrest.

The circumstantial evidence seemed strong. The cats were all found in areas relatively close to the homes of Weinman's mother and father. A tracking device placed on Weinman's car showed he was close to the areas where the cats were found, but the defense team maintained that data was misrepresented in court. The string of mysterious feline deaths also seemed to stop after Weinman's arrest.

But the case began falling apart when no DNA evidence was found. The county dropped the case after the animal bite marks were found.

Also named in the lawsuit: Det. Dominick Columbro, former animal services director Sara Pizano, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and the University of Florida, which employs forensic veterinarian Melinda D. Merck. Pizano personally examined the cats' remains and confirmed that their death was at the hands of a person. Merck, despite not inspecting the carcasses, confirmed Pizano's findings.

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s_galev
s_galev like.author.displayName 1 Like

TheVoiceOfReason, you are reading what you want to read.  The only reason he got away with it is because SOME of the cats had bite wounds on them.  NOT ALL.   This is no innocent kid.  I quote "During the interview, Weinman said, "If I tell you about teh cats that I did, would you make the marijuana charges go away" at which point the police officers said they could not make that decision".  Read if for yourself.  This kid simply got away with it because of a loophole in the justice system.  http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2012/01/tyler_weinman_once_accused_cat.php

TheVoiceOfReason
TheVoiceOfReason

    I know that I am commenting on this article quite some time after it was written, but I simply cannot allow ignorant comments to go unaddressed.  First of all, allow me to briefly explain the term EXONERATED. "Being EXONERATED means the defense attorneys could come up with enough evidence to declare the defendant innocent of all charges."  i.e. the judge believed that the defense had enough hard evidence which proved Tyler did not kill the cats, but in fact a predator did. The State did not "drop the ball" in the sense that they mishandled evidence which would have proved Tyler's guilt.  

     Instead, the State lied, mislead, misrepresented (whatever term you want to use) the "evidence" they had against Tyler to the media and the legal system, causing them to believe that the evidence actually indicated murdered cats instead of ones killed by predators (i.e. the dogs that were found by Animal Services soon after Tyler's arrest).  I bring all of this up to assert one point: none of us were in the room where Tyler was questioned by the police or in the court where Tyler's case was heard, nor do any of us have access to the actual evidence/depositions that were used in the case.  

     For this reason, no one (other than those DIRECTLY involved with the case) has any ground to use statements that they heard through the media about the evidence or Tyler's interrogation as arguments for/against his innocence.  Here is the only true fact that can be cited as a legitimate argument for his innocence: HE WAS EXONERATED.  This is a cold, hard fact.  This is not O.J. Simpson.  He was not found "NOT GUILTY", he was outright EXONERATED.  This means that he is 100% innocent according to a court of law.  He wasn't acquitted, he wasn't declared not guilty by a jury; he was exonerated.  Leave him and his family alone. This vilification has gone on long enough.

batgirl
batgirl like.author.displayName 1 Like

came across this jewel again trying to look up a case in Texas. He was guilty the prosecutor intentionally dropped the ball to say the least. He allowed erroneous evidence to come in throwing out all the evidence in excuse by doing so and allowed this smug little freak to skate. Yeah, maybe some of the cats pulled together in this were attacked by dogs but many weren't and that should have been dealt with and any animals that weren't obviously man killed culled from evidence in the case. I was contacted way back then on another site by a woman who was somehow involved to look at it and make it more public. He just knew he was going to get off and even offered to tell how he did it if given immunity from prosecution specifically I believe so everyone would know what a smart little boy he was. What was interesting was the mass amount of support that was coming out of the area for him and all the anti cat sentiments at the time. Like the 2 yobs that posted here, l9ike if they out screamed everyone they could force people to believe their crap [and yes they are friends are affiliates of this moron or like minded souls] I feel bad for the officers that tried to help the traumatized families whose pets were so brutally butchered and would love to see him get his before he goes and dissects his boyfriend up like his Luke clone did. He did this to cause as much emotional damage to the owners as he wanted to cause so much agony to the animals to make himself feel big. The prosecutor really deserves to come under fire for this and I hope they reopen and crucify this maggot.

QKat
QKat like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

This smug little bastard is just going to grow up to be a smug old bastard who kills humans in the exact same way that he did those cats. What a psychopath. He needs help. As for the people who are so idiotically defending him: what exactly do you know of this case? Nothing, I'm sure.

 

MLWard
MLWard like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @QKat

 You just can't get over the fact that DOGS killed these cats...... Stupid animal rights morons.

Smiles
Smiles

What part of "HE DIDN'T DO IT!" did you not understand?!!! I hope the day doesn't come when u or someone u love has been falsely accused of something they didn't do. ((BTW-I don't know Tyler or his family) It is nothing less than a CRIME that he and so many others are FOUND GUILTY IN THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION! Let it go--HE IS INNOCENT!

Erik
Erik like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 5 Like

Mel, hope you become Tyler's victim and he skin you alive he butcher you

Jessie
Jessie like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 4 Like

hi Tyler! hope you eat sh1t and die

John
John like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

He is no innocent he just got a good lawyer. He is another Luka Magnotta in the making. Mark my words, it won't be long until Tyler Weinman rape girls and finally torture and kill humans just like he did with all those poor cats. His family is responsible, he should be locked for life before it's too late. It is pathethic that he is free.

Welldone
Welldone

@John HEY STUPID!~ EVERY SINGLE CAT HAD DOG BITES ON IT. THE MEXICAN OR CUBAN OR WHATEVER HISPANIC who ran the investigation, KNEW THIS, he just enjoyed destroying the life of a "white" person. 

On animal planet, he even complained about "having to waste his time dealing with wild dogs when he needed to be out catching this guy?" REALLY, the whole the STUPID MEXICAN ASS had his cat killers, he was just too dam* dumb and too racist to see it!

MLWard
MLWard like.author.displayName 1 Like

This is exactly why he should sue the hell out of everyone involved. You Stupid animal rights morons want to lynch this kid. DOGS KILLED THE CATS.... Get over it!

Cocobean098
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This is such bullshit, this guy obviously did it. When the police questioned him about the cat murders he LAUGHED. They also found a whole bunch of other crap in his house like scalpels. He even showed cops scratches on his chest he said he had gotten from a "stray cat". And for all the people saying he's innocent and and dogs did it, the cats had CLEAN cuts in them and had even been skinned. So what if it had a bite mark in it? Another animal could have gotten to it before it was discovered. And for all the people saying he's a nice person and "he's no cat killer" how do you know? Have you personally known him for an extensive period of time? Even people who knew Ted Bundy said that he was the nicest guy you would ever meet.

Welldone
Welldone

@Cocobean098  

You are really stupid and most likely, another mexican racist. 

For one thing, EVERY CAT HAD DOG BITE MARKS ON IT, CONFIRMED BY LOCAL AUTHORITIES! 

SECONDLY, when I walk our Saint Bernards, when they work together to trap a rabbit, then each grabs hold of it to 'get their share' they are able to actually perfectly, SKIN THE BUNNY! I've seen it first hand, so destroying someone's life because you're arrogantly stupid, or, just because you're a racist, white people hater, is no excuse!

QKat
QKat like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

THANK YOU!!

Dsawd
Dsawd like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

of course he did it !!!!! Ever since he got busted it hasn't happened again

Welldone
Welldone

@Dsawd If you watched the racist, homo loving animal planet show that destroyed this kid's life, you would have seen, they confessed in the end, THE VERY SAME DAY they arrested this INNOCENT KID, - THAT MORNING - the mexican animal control officer who's responsible for ruining this kid's life, (and is hopefully DESTROYED as well) that morning, he finally took the time to do his job and captured the wild dogs responsible for this. And had he not hated white people so much, and just did his job in the first place, they may have only lost a couple cats. But, I'll say it again, he was too busy, and animal planet was too busy helping him, chase the big bad white man!~

Jasonboogie
Jasonboogie

what's a tacking device ? and why where the cops allowed to tack him ? 

Arch Dandy
Arch Dandy

 The police dept's investigation was so shoddy, their circumstantial evidence so flimsy, their leaks to the press so biased and inflammatory, it's no surprise to me that Tyler was completely exonerated of all charges. what confounds me is that some people are so stupid that they still believe Tyler might of harmed a cat. he never did, and there was never any proof he did. he was EXONERATED people. that is more then just the charges being dropped for lack of evidence. there is hard physical evidence that proves his total innocence.

QKat
QKat like.author.displayName 1 Like

Youtube... /watch?v=yqxyapFv0H0&feature=relmfu Inform yourself.

Warren
Warren

This is an awful written article that omitted many important facts such as the fact that dogs were known to be killing cats in the area and authorities even said that a lot of the dead cats were killed by dogs before they even named Tyler as a suspect. Those dogs were picked up the exact same day they arrested Tyler and explains why the killings stopped. No evidence that a person was involved in any of the cats deaths was ever found at the scenes. One of the Mayors said on TV that over 50 cats get killed by dogs in the area every month. and on and on. Tyler W has a good case and should be compensated for having his life ruined by a bunch of irresponsible incompetents. 

QKat
QKat like.author.displayName 1 Like

>This is an awful written article< says the loser with horrible grammar. 

Youtube... /watch?v=yqxyapFv0H0&feature=relmfu Inform yourself.

Alexkiddshinobi
Alexkiddshinobi like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

WTH ! So over 50 cats getting killed by dogs in the area every month is a normal thing? someone does it intentionally! maybe this guy ? or another one...

MLWard
MLWard

Why are 50 cats roaming the streets??? I see a cat I will catch it and feed it to my gator.

Mel Ri
Mel Ri

You commenters are really quick to point your finger at something you don't know the full story about. All of the cats had large animal bites on them. If you knew this kid you'd know he's no cat killer. You're all just hoping for some exciting controversy to keep reading and getting hyped up about.

QKat
QKat like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Youtube... /watch?v=yqxyapFv0H0&feature=relmfu Inform yourself. There were two separate cases. But I'm sure you believe that the wild dogs were the ones who carefully sliced open the majority of these cats with a knife?

Jason Rahall
Jason Rahall like.author.displayName 1 Like

An 'anonymous tip' is a very dangerous weapon in the hands of overzealous prosecutors and police.

QKat
QKat like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 

Youtube... /watch?v=yqxyapFv0H0&feature=relmfu Inform yourself.

MLWard
MLWard

 @QKat

 EATSHITANDDIE QKat - Stop posting your stupid Youtube videos.

Alapido15
Alapido15

Lolololol here comes a payday! No dna? Citys gonna pay. No doubt if he did anything so much as hold one of those cats they would find it, lol. Good job on a bs arrest.

QKat
QKat like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

 

Youtube... /watch?v=yqxyapFv0H0&feature=relmfu Inform yourself.

Geoff Paugam
Geoff Paugam like.author.displayName like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 3 Like

That douche bag did it...and now he's trying to play games...he will get his...karma baby, karma!

Cynthiakm
Cynthiakm like.author.displayName like.author.displayName 2 Like

Yeah right and monica had no sex with clinton... Herman Cain is innocent; Iran isn't making weapons ... if one cat or two have bites, what happened to the rest.... thats whats wrong with the prosecutor ... not asking the right stuff.

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