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updated: 3/3/2010 9:24 AM

Arraignment postponed in Grayslake-area dog-shooting case

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  • Elvin Dooley

    Elvin Dooley


The arraignment of a Grayslake area man accused of shooting a dog outside his home was delayed Wednesday in Lake County Circuit Court after he requested a new judge be assigned to his case.

Elvin Dooley, 57, is charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, animal torture, possession of a weapon by a felon and possession of a weapon without a state Firearms Owner's Identification card in the Jan. 26 incident.

Dooley's attorney, Assistant Public Defender Sharmilla Manek, requested the case be assigned to a judge other than Circuit Judge Victoria Rossetti.

The case was reassigned to Associate Judge Theodore Potkonjak, and Dooley's arraignment was rescheduled for Thursday.

Police said Dooley fired repeatedly at a dog running in a field near his house in the 24000 block of Townline Road.

The dog, which had run away from the Save-A-Pet No Kill Adoption Center where it had been abandoned, died of a single gunshot wound to the neck.

An employee of the center was chasing the dog and told police she saw Dooley firing a rifle with a scope mounted on it from a window in his house.

Police went to question Dooley about the shooting and discovered thousands of rounds of ammunition in his basement and garage.

Dooley eventually led them to 17 firearms police say he is not allowed to possess because of a 1974 burglary conviction in Alabama.

Assistant State's Attorney Michael Mermel said Dooley faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

He is held in the Lake County jail on $250,000 bond.