A Lexington man has been indicted in the stabbing and decapitation of his mother’s cat.
A Fayette County grand jury indicted Joseph Moctezuma Lopez, 22, Monday on one count of torture of a cat with serious physical injury or death, a felony punishable by one to five years in prison.
Lopez was initially cited by Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control in July 2016. The citation said the cat was found “stabbed and decapitated” on Imperial Avenue.
Lopez “admitted to killing the feline, stating that it was a pest,” according to the citation filed in Fayette District Court.
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But Lopez failed to appear in district court, so a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.
That happened in December when he was charged with public intoxication, resisting arrest, and fleeing police, according to court records.
He was charged after officers were sent to Daniel Court following a report of a “suicidal subject,” court records show. Officers saw Lopez running from the scene, and he continued to run after police identified themselves.
Once Lopez was in custody, officers saw that he was wanted on a warrant in the cat-torture case.
The indictment said Lopez “intentionally and without legal justification tortured a cat, causing its death as a result of the torture.”
Lopez was in the Fayette County jail Tuesday. His arraignment is scheduled for Feb. 23 before Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone.
In 2013, a Fayette County man was sentenced to three years in the fatal stabbing of a dog. The defendant received credit for 218 days served in jail.