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Fresno pool cleaner, accused of murdering a family dog, appears in court

Robert Rodriguez | Fresno bee

A 23-year-old former swimming pool technician pleaded not guilty on Thursday to animal cruelty charges related to the death of a beloved family pet.

Aaron Cumpton will face three years in prison if a jury finds him guilty of murdering 16-year-old Yorkie of the Fresno family named Artie.

Appearing with attorney Curtis Sok, Cumpton was allowed to go to jail before trial until his case was completed.

Judge James Kelley ordered that Cumpton not be left unattended around anyone’s pets and obeyed all laws.

Sok told Judge Cumpton, who no longer works as a pool cleaner, that he worked odd jobs for a living and took anger management classes.

Cumpton is accused of killing the Fresno family pet after it left the yard.

Video surveillance cameras at the pet owner’s home show that on October 26, 2021, Cumpton was seen holding a Yorkie.

Cumpton then stepped out of view of the camera, and reappeared briefly later embracing the lifeless dog. Surveillance video then shows Cumpton placing the dog in a trash can and covering the dog with trash, according to investigators.

https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/01/22/fresno-pool-cleaner-accused-of-killing-a-family-dog-appears-in-court-heres-what-he-faces-14/ Fresno pool cleaner, accused of murdering a family dog, appears in court

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