Jury trial set for Wicomico County puppy mill case

SALISBURY, Md. – Susan Murphy, one of two people being charged with running an alleged puppy mill in Eden, will stand trial in front of a jury beginning Tuesday, May 14.

Murphy appeared in court today with her attorney for a pre-trial conference with the state to iron out the details of the upcoming trial. The state estimated that with the amount of evidence and witnesses that have been subpoenaed to testify in the case the trial would last the full three days it had been previously scheduled for. Murphy’s defense attorney questioned if the trial would in fact take that long, to which the state prosecutor re-affirmed that it would, and the judge agreed to keep the trial dates of Tuesday, May 14, Wednesday May 15, and Thursday, May 16.

When asked by the judge if the state needed any special accommodations to present evidence during the trial, the prosecution requested a television be available so that they could show video evidence they had related to the case. According to the defense attorney, one expert witness is set to testify on behalf of Murphy on the third and final day of the trial.

Court documents indicate the trial will begin at 9:00 A.M. on Tuesday May 14th in Courtroom 3 at the Wicomico County Circuit Court in Salisbury. Susan, along with her husband Robert, is facing nearly 100 counts of animal cruelty, several of which are felony counts. Robert has yet to stand trial for various health reasons, but is scheduled to have a review hearing a month from now, on June 7th.


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