On Wednesday, a California judge requested a complete psychological report on a San Jose man accused of killing 21 cats. She’ll determine whether the suspect should register as a sex offender once the report is complete.
Mercury News reports that Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Sharon A. Chatman not only wanted a psychologist to examine Robert Roy Farmer, 25, but she also wanted to hear from an animal control officer before making her decision.
“Hearing from both these experts would be helpful in making a determination. What is important for this court is to make sure I have all the information to make a reasoned and fair decision.”
Farmer’s hearing was rescheduled for April 7 at 9 a.m.
San Jose cat killer may have to register as a sex offender for murdering 21 felines that were mutilated and abused
In 2015, San Jose police officers arrested Farmer after they discovered him sleeping in his car next to a dead cat. While in custody, he pleaded “guilty” to killing 21 cats. He was charge with 21 felony counts of animal cruelty and 21 misdemeanor counts of battery. He was also charged with “being under the influence.”
According to a San Jose Animal Care and Services necropsy report, the cat found in Farmer’s vehicle died from blunt force trauma. A DNA test connected Farmer to the tabby’s claws, and its genitals were dilated. Additional DNA testing linked Farmer to the remaining 20 deceased cats.
A 17-year-old cat named Go-Go was reportedly on of Farmer’s first victims. To this day, the cat’s body hasn’t been recovered. Go-Go’s owner, Miriam Petrova continues to search, while fighting for justice for the other cat owners who lost their beloved pets.
"We never found Go-Go's body."Residents in a San Jose neighborhood were furious after a man mutilated and abused their pet cats at random. http://4.nbcla.com/bdjePdF
“Farmer just took our sense of safety because he took it from our front yard. We never found Go-Go’s body.”
Farmer’s attorney, Wesley Schroeder, disagreed with the testing and wrote that it “failed to show any evidence of even the most minuscule trauma.”
[Feature Photo: Elmwood Correctional Facility]