The victim of a dog attack is expected to take the stand Wednesday for cross examination as the trial of a 59-year-old Campbellsport man moves into its third day in Fond du Lac County Circuit Court.
Richard Lisko is charged with one count of first-degree reckless injury and one count of false imprisonment. Lisko is accused of ordering his dog Bubba to attack 18-year-old Joel Kennedy last August.
Kennedy was on the witness stand for more than three hours Tuesday afternoon. His testimony covered the attack and the actions leading up to the attack.
Kennedy was asked by Fond du Lac County Assistant District Attorney Dennis Krueger whether “Lisko did something which caused the dog to bite (Kennedy).” Kennedy responded “yes.”
Kennedy also told jurors he didn’t think he would survive the attack.
Krueger showed the jurors multiple photos taken of Kennedy’s bloody face and body immediately after the dog attack last August.
Kennedy said he was hoisted up by his ankles and Lisko put a pair of leather gloves and the dog’s bone in Kennedy’s shirt. He said his ankles were tied to a post while Bubba attacked him.
Lisko accused Kennedy of stealing his valuables and morphine pills — the impetus for the attack, according to the criminal complaint. Kennedy denied stealing from Lisko at first, but told jurors he finally admitted to stealing from Lisko the day of the attack because Kennedy “really just wanted to get out,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy said the incident with the dog was very “painful.”
On cross-examination by defense attorney Dan Stevens, Kennedy said he saw Bubba a few times before the attack and said he liked Bubba and Bubba seemed “friendly.” Kennedy also said on cross-examination that he believed Lisko cared about him.
Kennedy admitted on cross-examination that he had stolen from his father before and had a lot of “anger issues.”
Another mistrial motion
Stevens made a motion for a mistrial Tuesday afternoon after he accused Krueger of breaking a court ordered rule that bans mention of a specific command made by Lisko to Bubba to attack Kennedy. A motion for a mistrial was made Monday afternoon for similar reasons.
The trial is slated to run through Friday before Fond du Lac County Circuit Court Judge Gary Sharpe.
Sharpe denied the motion for a mistrial after giving Stevens suggestions of how to cross-examine Kennedy Tuesday afternoon. Sharpe said Krueger did not directly break the court rule because Krueger asked Kennedy if Bubba was sent to attack Kennedy. Neither Krueger nor Kennedy said specifically Lisko commanded Bubba to attack Kennedy.
Stevens argued he couldn’t properly cross-examine Kennedy and motioned for a mistrial.
“The case involved the actions regarding (Lisko) and the things he did to (Kennedy),” Sharpe said. “I don’t think the prosecution has violated the basis of my order.”
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