A former soldier indicted last week on charges of aggravated cruelty to animals and simple battery was reindicted Tuesday on the same charges.
Michael Paul Scelia, 23, was initially accused in an indictment of severing the neck of a Papillon-breed dog on Nov. 17, 2008. On Tuesday, the “sever” language was removed, and the indictment now reads that Scelia “... did knowingly and maliciously cause the death of an animal, to-wit: Oliver ...”
Scelia is also charged with simple battery for a Jan. 26, 2009, incident. He’s accused of head-butting a woman.
Scelia is out on bond.
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Defense attorney Stacey Jackson, who represents Scelia, previously said that the accusations against his client are motivated by revenge.