Oct 15, 2014 2:50 PM by Alyssa Deitsch
The animal cruelty case against Zir Weems continued Wednesday after a Glenn County Superior Court judge ruled there is sufficient evidence to hold him for trial.
Zir Weems did not speak in Wednesday morning's preliminary hearing, but two Glenn County Sheriff's deputies took the stand. Deputy Charles Barnes responded to the Willows residence September 8th, where he found one Rottweiler, Diesel, injured and another Rottweiler, Sasha, dead - tangled and partially hanging from its chain.
Glenn County Service Officer Grant Lemmon also testified. Lemmon handles animal control cases for the county. Lemmon said both dogs were registered out of Chico to Zir Weems.
As a surprise to the counsel, Zir Weems' brother Thomas Weems took the stand, claiming Zir gave the dogs to him, making Thomas the owner of the dogs.
However, the judge ruled Zir Weems is ultimately responsible since he is the registered owner.
Earlier this month, Weems pleaded not guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges, including one felony charge.
Weems is the husband of Chico woman Angelica Weems, whose body was found along the Sacramento River October 5th. She was last seen September 13th.
Willows Police found Zir Weems September 14th with self-inflicted stab wounds.
Angelica's death is being ruled a homicide and is still under investigation. A suspect has not been named in the case.
Zir Weems will be back in court for arraignment October 24th.