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Peacock killing trial postponed as Maloney dumps attorney

Sandra Maloney in a June court appearance Sandra Maloney in a June court appearance

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The woman charged in the beating death of a peacock in Makaha dumped her attorney Monday, forcing a delay in her animal cruelty trial.

Four days after suffering a setback in court, Sandra Maloney asked a judge for permission to replace her lawyer, Randy Oyama. The judge granted her request and postponed the trial that was supposed to begin this week to January 11th.

Maloney has admitted she beat a peacock to death using a baseball bat because its loud cries caused her to become sleep deprived and depressed.

Circuit Judge Michael Wilson last Thursday denied her motion to dismiss the case, saying peacocks roaming freely in Makaha Valley are covered under Hawaii's animal cruelty law. He said it should be up to a jury to decide whether the killing was justified.

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