Man accused of killing Ollie the pit bull heading to trial this fall

The Hollywood man accused of killing Ollie the pit bull will head to trial this fall, nearly two years after the animal cruelty case made headlines.

Brendan Evans, 32, stands accused of stabbing Ollie more than 50 times, then trapping him inside a blue suitcase, still breathing. A couple passing by heard cries coming from the suitcase and called police. That was on Oct. 10, 2017. The dog died two days later.

Evans, who has pleaded not guilty to 17 counts of animal cruelty, made a rare appearance in court Tuesday, dressed in dark navy prison garb, with his hands cuffed and ankles shackled.

It was the first time Evans had appeared in court since his arraignment in November 2017. Scheduled hearings have been canceled seven times over the past year.

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