The Norman Transcript

August 15, 2013

Alleged animal abuser fails to appear in court, bond set at $25K

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The man who allegedly drowned two ducks in acid at his Norman home in July had a bench warrant issued for him and a new bond set after failing to appear for a compliance docket, court records show.

Alexander Joseph Clay, 22, had the warrant issued Aug. 8 and had a new bond set at $25,000 by District Judge Lori Walkley. His original bond was set at $1,000 on July 22 when he was charged with animal cruelty.

Clay was released on the low bond release program July 24, according to court records on the Oklahoma State Courts Network.

The Modified Low Bond Release Program (LBRP) is a voluntary program in Cleveland County that is considered in cases with bonds set at $2,500 or less.

Clay signed a contract for the program in July agreeing to the conditions of the program, which included appearing at the Compliance Docket in Judge Walkley’s courtroom every Thursday unless excused in writing by his LBR supervisor, the contract states. About seven other conditions also were in the contract that Clay signed off on to be a part of the LBRP.

The document states that failure to comply with those conditions “will result in immediate notification of the court and possible termination from the program and revocation of my personal recognizance bond.”

An affidavit filed with the animal cruelty charge said Clay drowned a baby duckling and adult mother duck in acid, killing them, and said if his mother had been home that night, it would have been her instead of the ducks.

Allegedly Clay had an argument with his mother earlier that day and was upset, so when she wasn’t home later that night, he drowned the ducks, the document states.

When Clay’s mother returned home, he became violent, grabbed her and threw her against the wall, the affidavit said.

Police said when they asked Clay about the ducks, he didn’t say anything but just “dropped his head and shook his head,” the affidavit states.

Clay was arrested on a complaint of animal cruelty and threatening serious bodily injury or death.