Posted by Rachel Leigh - email
MIAMI (WFLX) - It's a truly disturbing crime: A South Florida teen, accused of mutilating and killing 19 cats, is now free.
The Cutler Bay teen Wednesday morning before Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton. Thornton released 18-year-old Tyler Weinman into the custody of his parents after being told by a psychiatrist the teen was competent and posed no threat to himself or to the community.
Even though, his parents posted the required bail amount on Tuesday, Weinman was held on a 48 hour suicide watch.
As per terms of his release, Weinman will remain under house arrest with an electronic monitoring device and will have to attend outpatient psychotherapy classes twice a week.
Outside the courthouse, Weinman's parents maintained their son's innocence and thanked those who stood by their side. "We appreciate the support of the people who know my son," said Douglas Weinman. "I am absolutely sure that he is innocent because I've raised a son for 18 years, and I know who he is. I am confident my son is innocent."
Douglas Weinman said he is disgusted by all of the horrible mutilations and murders of cats in Palmetto Bay and Cutler Bay that have been going on for more than a month. "We are cat owners ourselves. We love our pets, and we certainly understand the grief that the other pet owners are going through, and we sympathize with them, but it is not son.
"People who know our son have all come out with a strong show of support, and said, 'We know it's not your son. We've seen him play with our pets for years. He's a great kid; he plays with pets, and he's fine with them.'"
Weinman said the first thing he is going to tell Tyler when he sees him is how much he believes he's innocent. "Tell him I love him, tell him we believe in him, and we're here to support him."