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article imageDefendant subpoenas K-9 dog as witness in Florida court

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By Leigh Goessl     May 25, 2012 in Crime
Punta Gorda - A judge was presented with an unusual request in his courtroom this week when a defendant asked for his case to be postponed because his star witness was not present.
The missing witness? A K-9 dog.
Rodney McGee came to court to fight his traffic citation at a hearing in Charlotte County, Fla. He had subpoenaed the police dog in Feb. to serve as a witness in the case.
Judge Peter Bell was presiding over the case in court this past Thursday.
WINK News reported McGee requested the judge for an extension because not everyone was present, "Officer Azor K-9" was not in the courtroom.
"I demand Officer Azor K-9 be present," McGee demanded as the German Shepherd was led into the courtroom behind him, reported WINK News.
Officer Azor K-9 reportedly did not have much to say about the case in which he was called as a witn...
Officer Azor K-9 reportedly did not have much to say about the case in which he was called as a witness for the defense
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A shocked McGee, who did not purportedly really expect the dog to appear, watched as Azor's handler brought the dog into the courtroom.
"They told me they weren't going to allow him," said McGee.
The K-9 dog had been present for the original alleged offense as Deputy Franko suspected there was drugs in the car.
Why did McGee want Azor as a witness?
"I was hoping that they would let me plant marijuana in the courthouse to see if he could find drugs," said McGee.
The judge denied this request, and did not allow the police dog to serve as a witness. McGee lost his case and was fined $300 for failing to use his turn signal.
Reportedly, he's OK with the outcome as he's pleased with himself for being the first defendant to subpoena a K-9 dog.
However, Today's THV reported this stunt ended up "costing taxpayers several hundred dollars in wages and overtime for the half dozen deputies who were brought into court to testify for the defense."
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