By Jim Hannah • Jhannah@nky.com • September 30, 2008
COVINGTON – A judge raised the bond of a Highland Heights man accused of stabbing to death two cats to $100,000 on Tuesday.
Russell Swigart, 30, had been held at the Kenton County jail in lieu of a $5,000 bond since his arrest on Friday. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Brian Richmond didn’t say in open court why he asked for a hike in the bond.
Lakeside Park/Crestview Hills police were called Thursday night to Fountain Place town homes for a report of a burglary. Investigators found the back door forced open and the female resident's two cats stabbed to death.
Swigart immediately became a suspect after the cats' owner told investigators Swigart has sent her numerous text messages stating he was going to break into her home, kill the cats and burn the building down, according to the police report.
Swigart was arrested the next morning at his home. He still had a knife covered in cat hair and blood, according to the report, and told investigators that he was suicidal.
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