Fairfax County officials have released the Virginia man accused of shooting and killing his neighbor’s dog after a verbal altercation.
Roman Vyacheslavov Gorelov (33), is facing two felonies of animal cruelty, and reckless discharge of firearms within 1,000 feet of school.
Gorelov was released from jail on Monday after an arraignment hearing. However, the Fairfax County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office stated that the bond motion was scheduled for Tuesday. According to the Attorney’s Office, it’s currently trying to revoke Gorelov’s bond.
Susan Madsen, District Court Clerk, stated that Gorelov was arraigned Monday morning. She was given a $10,000 secured bail and was appointed a public defense attorney.
Steve Descano, Fairfax Commonwealth’s Attorney, claims that the chief judge of the district court has prevented his office from participating in arraignments.
Madsen stated to FOX 5 that prosecutors can participate in arraignments. She said this was confirmed to her by them in August.
According to the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, judges have made it difficult or impossible for prosecutors speak at arraignments.
According to Fairfax County Police, Gorelov had shot Gorelov shortly before 10 a.m. Friday after a verbal dispute with the animal’s owners in a breezeway at an apartment complex.
The dog was then taken by the owner and he ran away. However, Gorelov followed him and fired several shots at the dog.
After shooting the animal, Gorelov returned to his apartment nearby.
After learning about the incident, police called Gorelov and he surrendered to officers.
Officers arrived on the scene and found the owner standing beside the dog in pain.
After the shooting, detectives searched Gorelov’s apartment and found the gun he used to shoot the dog.