Evidence suppressed in dead animals case

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WMAR) - Howard County prosecutors will now have less to work with in an animal cruelty case after a judge threw out some evidence.

In January, police found 40 dead animals in a home in the 9600 block of Lambeth Court. Elizabeth Lindenau, the resident of the home was charged with 69 counts of animal cruelty related to the discovery of the dead animals.

Today, Judge Timothy McCrone denied a defense motion to have the indictment dismissed because the State was unable to supply a transcript of the Grand Jury proceedings at which Lindenau was indicted.

The Judge also ruled that a preliminary warrantless entry on January 16, by police into the Columbia townhouse where the dead animals were discovered, was illegal and suppressed evidenced that had been seized during the entry.  

Subsequent to the initial entry, police did obtain a warrant and conducted a through search of the premises.

The following day police went to Lindenau's other home in Columbia on Hundred Drums Row but were unable to make any contact with anyone. Police checked the property and discovered an unlocked sliding door. The judge ruled that the police entry into that house was also illegal and ordered that evidence gathered be suppressed.

A trial date is set for July 24.

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