A former Melrose Police Chief charged with seven counts of animal cruelty now faces only one count. Melrose is about 24 miles west of Clovis.
Mike Trammell now faces only one count of animal cruelty because a magistrate has ordered prosecutors to dismiss the other counts against him. Magistrate Buddy Hall had ordered the seven charges to be prosecuted individually.
He based his decision to reduce the charges on the fact that due process deadlines will expire Wednesday. He says the court can't accommodate seven trials before then.
Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Burrill says she believes the court overstepped its boundaries. She claims the court never provided the state with trial dates for all seven counts before the court-ordered expiration date.
Trammell, 37, stepped down as police chief in October.
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