March 14, 2014
The case against a Fluvanna County man accused of dog fighting is being sent to a different court because of procedural issues.
Brenton Mathis, 39, was scheduled to be arraigned in Fluvanna County Circuit Court on Friday, but instead the case was remanded back down to General District Court.
According to Mathis' attorney, two bond codes were filed wrong in the lower court which would affect the judge's jurisdiction. Despite the Commonwealth's attorney's request to move forward with the arraignment, the judge decided the case be sent back down so the issue can be resolved.
Mathis' arraignment was rescheduled for April 28 in Fluvanna County Circuit Court.
He was arrested in January and several dogs were taken from his property. Mathis is facing eight counts of felony animal fighting, one felony count of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon and 10 misdemeanor counts of failure to care for an animal.