A preliminary exam for Detroit battle rapper Young Calicoe was extended Friday to 2 p.m. April 8 in Wayne County's 36th District Court after a second animal cruelty expert testified in the case.
Calicoe, whose real name is Toranio Hightower, is charged with conspiracy to gamble (5 years maximum - if convicted), animal fighting (4 years) and conspiracy to commit animal fighting (4 years) after a viral video surfaced last summer boasting of illegal activities.
Attorney Warren Harris, representing Hightower, and lawyers for two other defendants claim the video shot at a home on Detroit's west side was simply an innocent skit for a rap video.
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Harris question in court Friday why his client is being charged with any crime after Wayne County assistant prosecutor Raj Prasad attempted to present documentation about dog breeding that he claims was related to the eight pit bulls seized from the home depicted in the video.
"I've been wondering why we're here," Harris said directly to Wayne County Judge Katherine L. Hansen.
Hansen's reply: "My short answer is an exam is in process."
Two other Detroit natives are also charged with crimes and were identified in the MTV "Cribs"-style video: Savay Chokbengboun, 31, and Cassandra Faye Worthington, 26.
Chokbegboun is charged with Conspiracy to Gamble (5 years), 5 counts of Animal Fighting (4 years), Conspiracy to Commit Animal Fighting (4 Years), Possessing Animal Fighting Equipment (5 years) and Cruelty to Animals (2 years).
Worthington is charged with 5 counts of Animal Fighting (4 years) and Conspiracy to Commit Animal Fighting (4 Years), Possessing Animal Fighting Equipment (5 years) and Cruelty to Animals (2 years).
Harris appeared to argue that is client is being treated unfairly in court because he's unjustly tied to the other defendants.
Chokbegboun, according court testimony, is the owner of the home depicted in the video, all eight dogs seized by the Michigan Humane Society and also six chickens also seized. Worthington is believed to be the owner of a rabbit that was also seized.
"My client and I are fighting for co-defendants," Harris exclaimed.
A Michigan Humane Society veterinarian out of the organization's Detroit shelter testified in court Thursday that she examined all the animals seized from the home last July and found scaring on the dogs and one fresh wound.
Dr. Shirene CeCe-Clement also said that four of the dogs had a parasite often contracted by dog-to-dog bites; six chickens seized had various forms of feather loss and a rabbit was found severely underweight.
"Experts have determined it's likely due to inter-dog aggression," said CeCe-Clement of the scars she examined on most of the dogs and a scab found on the nose of one dog.
CeCe-Clement's testimony, however, revealed during a cross-examination by the defense that she didn't know specifically how all the animals seized in the Detroit home depicted in the video received their wounds.
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