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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to man accused of burning dog to death in pet crate?

Q: What is the status of Willie Turner, the guy accused of burning a puppy alive in Sacramento?

Bob, Sacramento

A: Willie Bee Turner, 20, is in Sacramento County Jail awaiting trial in the burning death of a small dog.

According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, his next court date is Nov. 16, to consider doctors’ reports on whether Turner is mentally competent to stand trial.

The dog was found Jan. 22 burned to death in a dog crate placed outside a fraternal lodge in the 3000 block of Becerra Way, near Watt and Marconi avenues, in the Arden Arcade area. People reported what they thought was a trash fire on the street outside the lodge about 12:30 a.m. Neighbors eventually heard noise coming from the small fire on the sidewalk.

When firefighters arrived, they recognized that the fire was the result of a burning dog crate, not rubbish. The crate door had been shut and the dog set on fire, officials said.

Turner, an Oakland resident, was arrested in February and charged with arson causing great bodily injury, arson of property, malicious maiming of an animal and torture. He is being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy