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Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/08/2011

Alleged Dale City cat murderer to enter plea

Robert M. McGuire. Accused cat murderer. (Prince William County Police Department)
Was Robert M. McGuire just having a bad day? Was it something the cat said? Whatever the reason, McGuire stands accused of decapitating a cat in Dale City earlier this year, and after waiving a preliminary hearing last month, McGuire is now scheduled to enter a guilty plea to torture of an animal resulting in death.

On March 4, McGuire, 31, apparently was causing a ruckus at his mother’s house in the 4500 block of Dale Boulevard, according to, which broke this story. When police arrived, witnesses “accused Mr. McGuire of cutting the head off the family cat,” according to court documents reviewed by InsideNova.

Police allege in court documents that McGuire later admitted to killing the cat. The cut on his forehead was reportedly self-inflicted, and he also had scratches on his hands apparently inflicted by the victim, InsideNova reported. There was no indication of McGuire’s mental health history.

McGuire was taken to a hospital for his injuries, then booked on the class 6 felony of animal torture resulting in death, which has a maximum penalty of five years in prison. He was released on his own recognizance, InsideNova reported. McGuire is also a registered sex offender for a 2002 conviction for abduction of a minor, state records show. His plea in the alleged cat murder is set for Aug. 25.

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