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Man charged with killing ex-girlfriend’s dog found not guilty

March 22, 2012 |  7:33 pm

A man accused of killing a former girlfriend’s dog and dumping the small Maltese in a West Hills trash bin was found not guilty Thursday. 

Rommel Marzan, 44, was charged with a single felony count of cruelty to an animal. In a Malibu courtroom, the jury returned a not-guilty verdict after less than one hour of deliberations, following an eight-day trial of a case that was “emotionally charged,” said defense attorney Michael A. Goldstein.

Marzan was arrested in April 2010 after investigators deemed that his story that he had fallen on the small dog was not credible and a veterinarian determined that the animal had died from blunt head trauma, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Steve Colitti said at the time.

"He told [the dog’s owner] he had fallen on the dog and then panicked and dumped the dog," Colitti said.

At the time, Marzan, who was placed on leave as an engineer for the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District, was released on $50,000 bail.

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-- Rosanna Xia

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