April 26, 2007

Trial for Atkind ’06 Extended in Order to Pursue Felony Charge

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On May 1, the district attorney for Tompkins County, Gwen Wilkinson, will move forward with her case against Alex Atkind ’06, the 23-year-old Cornell student facing animal abuse charges. Atkind was due to appear yesterday before the Ithaca City Court for the misdemeanor charge of injuring animals, but Wilkinson asked for an extension in order to pursue a felony charge against Atkind. After presenting her case next Tuesday, Wilkinson says it will be at least a week before the grand jury announces its decision. Atkind has been transferred to Tompkins jail after posting bail for drug charges in Tioga County.