HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Trial began Wednesday for a Makaha woman who says she beat a peacock to death because its loud cries caused her to become sleep deprived and depressed.
"What you're going to hear over the next couple of days is going to be about how the defendant, Sandra Maloney, chose to deal with her anger," Andrew Park, deputy prosecutor, said to the jury.
Jurors were shown the baseball bat that was used in the beating, as well as a photo of the dead peacock.
A neighbor testified that she saw Maloney whacking the bird in the barbeque area of their apartment complex in May 2009.
"When this was going on, what were you thinking?" Park asked.
"I was surprised, shocked," Jane Ebert, witness, testified. "I wasn't quite believing what I was seeing."
The defense argues that peafowl are wild birds, and that the state doesn't require a permit to kill them.
"Yes, she got frustrated and decided to kill one and cook it for dinner," Earle Partington, defense attorney, said. "She spent a lot of time on a farm. She was finally going to get a little bit of vengeance if she could on this peacock. She knows how to prepare them."
Maloney is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty, a crime punishable by up to a year in jail.
The trial continues Thursday.