Man convicted in Trooper's death pleads not guilty to animal cruelty charges

Published 08/19 2014 11:00AM

Updated 08/19 2014 11:01AM

James Carncross
James Carncross
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – A LaFayette man who was convicted in the 2006 death of a State Trooper who was chasing him has pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges.

James Carncross was arraigned in Onondaga County Court on Tuesday morning.

Court documents from Carncross’ March arrest indicated that he “kicked” and “struck” a Dachsund that ultimately died.

Police arrested Carncross of Apulia Road after the 3-year-old dog’s death at a home in the town of Pompey on Friday, March 7.

He was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals, a class E felony, in connection to the death of the Dachsund named “Buffy.”

The next court date for the case is scheduled for September.

Carncross was convicted in December of 2006 of aggravated criminally negligent homicide and reckless driving.

He led New York State Trooper Craig Todeschini on a high-speed chase.

Todeschini died when his vehicle crashed during the chase on April 23, 2006.

Carncross was released from prison on January 2.

He had been in prison since June 23, 2006.

His arrest on animal cruelty charges was a violation of his probation.

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