A man who goes on trial this afternoon on charges of throwing a neighbor's cat against the wall has now been charged with another crime: threatening the cat's owner.
Scott Michael Turner, 29, of St. Paul, encountered the cat's owner July 27 in the laundry room of the building in the 1000 block of Suburban Avenue where they both lived, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in Ramsey County District Court.
The complaint gives this version of events:
Turner was due to appear in court the following day on the cruelty to animals charge. He told the victim, "You better not show up for court tomorrow if you know what's good for you. The same thing that happened to your cat can happen to you."
The woman told police that Turner's face was red and his fists were clenched as he made the threat, which greatly frightened her. She said she was looking for a new place to live as a result.
He was charged with terroristic threats and tampering with a witness.
The animal cruelty charge stemmed from a May 12 incident. His pregnant girlfriend had been playing with the neighbor's cat, Nilla, in the apartment she shared with Turner when he became angry with her and threw the cat against the wall.
The cat suffered severe bleeding in its head and chest and had to be put to sleep.