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March 6, 2013

Alleged cat killer to stay in jail

Beverly man, 21, agrees to be held without bail while charges are pending

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Legier told the judge that Geyer’s “escalating violence” was “very concerning” to prosecutors.

She also urged the judge to set a separate, $50,000 cash bail on the animal cruelty charge, which Geyer would be allowed to post only after he spends 90 days in custody and to impose a requirement that he wear a GPS bracelet.

Reardon balked at that condition, saying that while it’s unlikely that Geyer will be released, he will have no place to live once he does. Singh set the $50,000 bail but did not order a GPS.

She also ordered Geyer, who will be held at Middleton Jail, to have no contact with any of the witnesses in the case.

Outside court, Reardon said Geyer has disclosed serious abuse as a child, which led to him being placed in foster care and then adopted by an Illinois couple who raised him from about the age of 5 until a couple of years ago.

“I intend to get to the bottom of that. To the extent that any of the accusations have any truth, there must be a root cause,” Reardon said. “If true, the allegations obviously indicate someone who has extreme psychiatric issues.”

Reardon said he did not know the details of the alleged abuse, including who committed it. But he said the process of reconnecting with his birth parents may have caused tension for Geyer.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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