Dedham: ‘Puppy Doe’ Trial Delayed

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There’s another delay in the trial of the Polish national facing 12 counts of animal cruelty in the case that be came to be known as “Puppy Doe.”

35-year-old Radoslaw Czerkawski was slated to go to trial this week on the charges, but his defense attorney has filed a motion challenging some DNA evidence.

The next court date is for a status hearing on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 2:00 p.m.

At that hearing, a new trial is expected to be set as well as a ruling on the motion to suppress DNA evidence.

Czerkawski’s lawyer is arguing that DNA samples sent to a California lab were tested under new science and that it has not had its reliability tested used for dogs versus humans.

Czerkawski has pleaded innocent to charges stemming from allegations that he tortured a female pit bull who was found on August 31, 2013 and euthanized shortly after due to injuries.

Czerkawski was originally arrested in 2013 and is currently serving time for stealing $130,000 from an elderly woman while he was her live-in caretaker in Quincy — the same home where “Puppy Doe” was abused.

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