WAUSAU (WAOW) - With the trial set to start within a month, a judge ordered a hearing Monday to determine how a diary kept by a Wausau woman accused of torturing, poisoning and killing her boyfriend's dog will be used as evidence.
Sean Janas, 21, has pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of animal abuse involving her boyfriend's dog, Mary, a four-year-old Labrador-shepherd who died in June 2012.
Prosecutors say Janas kept a diary about systematically torturing the dog and about her "intense hatred" for it.
Among the allegations against Janas is she poured Drano and bleach down the dog's throat and stabbed it with a knife, according to the criminal complaint.
Janas' attorney has filed a motion asking Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Grau to "suppress" the diary as evidence, online court records say. A hearing on the issue is set for Monday.
Janas' trial, scheduled for four days, is scheduled to begin Jan. 21.
Janas' arrest and media reports of what happened to her boyfriend's dog sparked much attention. Hundreds of protesters, some with dogs, marched outside the Marathon County Courthouse in October 2012 during a hearing for Janas.