UPDATED: Goldsboro Man Found With Dismembered Animals In Court

The case of Lawton McKenzie the man accused of animal cruelty has been continued to March 26th.

McKenzie has retained his own lawyer.

The Wayne County man faces animal cruelty charges after authorities made a gruesome discovery at his home.

Police found remains of goats, dogs, and snakes in his home.

They also discovered a machete, knives, and bowls of blood.

Investigators also removed 26 living animals from his residence back in December.

McKenzie claims he was studying taxidermy.
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A man who said he had been studying taxidermy after officials found dozens of dismembered animals at his eastern North Carolina home will face a judge on animal cruelty charges.

A court appearance is scheduled for Thursday for 29-year-old Lawton McKenzie. He is charged with three counts of cruelty to animals.

Animal control investigators found a machete, several knives and bowls of blood when they went to McKenzie's home near Fremont on Dec. 3, after receiving a tip that animals were being badly treated. Investigators said they found remains of goats, dogs, snakes, a fox, a turtle and a plastic storage bag containing a puppy's head.

Investigators also seized 26 living animals from the home. McKenzie has said he had been studying taxidermy and using the animal bones for necklaces.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by WITN Moderator Location: witn.com on Jun 16, 2009 at 01:35 PM
    This case is again continued to August 14th. Continuances are commonplace in the court system and some cases can go 1 to 2 years before they actually come to trial. As pointed out in the story, the man was charged, but is now awaiting trial.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 16, 2009 at 01:09 PM
    PLEASE WITN!!! His Court date has happened! I would REALLY love to hear what happened. was he charged? What Happened? (this isn't to be posted really, I just didn't know of another way to request an update, and as these are monitered I am hoping whoever reviews this will help me out!! Thank you!)
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Feb 27, 2009 at 08:30 AM
    Yes, it is illegal to bring dismembered animals in the courtroom lol. It is also messed up what he did. Studying Taxidermy? Are you Kidding me? He is just trying to find a way to get out of trouble for trying to find another way to make money or decided to try to eat dog, snake, goats, or something like that. That's all!
  • by Geez on Feb 27, 2009 at 07:38 AM
    Jokes are over. What will it take to convict this person???
  • by Brat Location: Not to Far from you on Feb 26, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    Dismembered Animals In Court?...so are the animal parts actually in court being used as evidence?????
  • by redneck Location: gville on Feb 26, 2009 at 10:31 PM
    So what's the problem with bringing animals to court?????? Didn't think they allowed that? Are they evidence?
  • by Smarter than you Location: gville on Feb 26, 2009 at 10:30 PM
    I think the person who approves these headlines needs to lay off the pipe!! And you, yes you reading my comment...do you have higher than a associate degree???? you don't seem to intelligent. But I do like witn.com..;)
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Feb 26, 2009 at 04:06 PM
    I too was confused by the headline. ..I thought a man was sitting in the courthouse and someone peeked around the corner and saw some dog bones in his pocket!
  • by annie Location: n.c on Feb 26, 2009 at 01:54 PM
    sick and cruel two words that describe this man sick and cruel also twisted who would do such a thing animals have a purpose to they have a right to live!!
  • by annie Location: n.c on Feb 26, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    thats so so so mean i love animals and i think thats scary and cruel
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