Tyler Weinman, Accused 'Cat Killer,' Plans on Suing Miami-Dade Over Bungled Investigation

Heads up, Miami-Dade. Tyler Weinman is going to sue yo' ass.

Weinman, 19, was arrested last summer and charged with 19 felony counts of animal cruelty after investigators found dozens of dead cats in several Miami neighborhoods. The charges were eventually dropped, but not before Weinman was imprisoned, forced to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, and turned into an unwilling poster child for misdirected hormonal rage the world over.

Now Weinman's lawyer says his client is getting ready to drag Miami-Dade into court over its bungled $1 million investigation.

"The family right now is considering their civil remedies," says defense attorney David Macey. Although Macey says he's done working on the case, there are plenty of civil attorneys who are lining up to represent Weinman.

"I have received a number of calls from civil attorneys advertising their services," he says. "Tyler and his family have been talking to a number of attorneys, going back and forth as to who to hire."

Last week, Riptide caught up with former Miami-Dade police director and current county mayor Carlos Alvarez. He said he didn't think Weinman was owed an apology.

"That's just the nature of police work," Alvarez said of the dropped charges. Nor did he think the investigation was a colossal waste of county funds.

"You can never say that it's a waste of taxpayers' money," the mayor said. "Obviously, there was probable cause to make an arrest."

Miami-Dade taxpayers are hoping Alvarez is right. After all, we've already helped pay for Weinman's defense against the apparently bogus charges. Boy would it suck to have to pay him all over again.
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Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.