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Woman accused in Carmichael animal torture case waives preliminary hearing

Kayla Lynn Wright
Kayla Lynn Wright Sacramento

A Carmichael woman will be arraigned May 7 on animal cruelty and theft charges after waiving her preliminary hearing Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court.

Kayla Lynn Wright, 23, appeared for the brief afternoon hearing a week after an April 16 no-show that prompted a judge’s threat to issue a warrant for her arrest.

A trial date will be set at the May 7 arraignment.

Wright’s attorney Daniel Nicholson called the waiver “imperative” to preserving a fair trial for his client.

“We want to put on a fair trial once, not twice,” Nicholson said outside the courthouse. “We don’t want to be tried in the court of public opinion prior to having a fair trial.”

Authorities claim Wright was responsible for the Dec. 26 death of a dog found in a trash bin in a Carmichael neighborhood. Its neck was wrapped with speaker cord. A second dog was found alive with its neck strung with cord and painter’s tape around its jaws and a third was found cowering under a parked car later that same evening after their owner reported them missing to Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies.

Wright was arrested by deputies in early January on suspicion of grand theft of an animal and felony animal torture in connection with the late December discoveries. Detectives culled images from neighborhood security videos that they said connected Wright to the animal thefts and later found information they said linked her to the dog’s death.

Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

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