Update from Under Sheriff Dave Cox on the Justice for Cabela page.
UPDATE via Dave Cox
I would like to bring everyone up to speed on this case. When Mr Dillingham was arrested Sunday morning, the Skamania County Sheriff's Office arrested him for Reckless Endangerment, Malicious Mischief, Possession of Explosive Devices, and ANIMAL CRUELTY. When the Skamania County Prosecutor reviewed the case and the requested charges, they elected to not file on the Animal Cruelty charge at the time of the media release. There is verbiage in that statute (RCW 16.52.205) that in part states"...(c)kills an animal by a means causing undue suffering..." The Sheriff's Office felt that was an appropriate statute, thus making the request. Our prosecutor chose not to file on this statute as yet, as there is current and new case law that needs to be further reviewed. He wants to ensure that those charges brought against Mr. Dillingham will be fully prosecutable. Please also note we have also utilized the BATF in this investigation as well.
Please know that we are doing everything we can to ensure Mr Dillingham is properly charged with this crime. I have full confidence in Prosecutor Kick and his staff to ensure this will take place. Currently, Mr Dillingham is being held on 2 counts of Reckless Endangerment and 1 count of Possession of an Explosive Device with a set bail of $500,000. Below I am posting the media release Prosecutor Kick put out this morning. Thank you all for allowing us to do our job, knowing full well we can not reveal all of the idiosyncrasies of the case.
Skamania County Sheriff's Office
Media Release: 5 August, 2013
August 5, 2013—The Skamania County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office today charged Christopher Wayne Dillingham with Possession of Bomb or Explosive Device with Intent to Use for an Unlawful Purpose, a Class A felony carrying up to 20 years in prison. Dillingham was also charged with two counts of Reckless Endangerment, carrying up to 364 days in jail each. At the request of the prosecutor, bail was set at $500,000.
Mr. Dillingham was arrested by the Skamania County Sheriff early Sunday morning. It is believed that Dillingham used an explosive device to kill his dog, endangering nearby children in the process.
At this time, the prosecutor is still reviewing the circumstances surrounding the charged incident in order to determine whether animal cruelty charges are also warranted. “We are reviewing the animal cruelty statutes and case law, and if the law allows, we will file additional charges in relation to the killing of the dog,” said Adam Kick, the Skamania County Prosecutor.
Contact: Pam Bell, Chief Civil Deputy, Skamania County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, 509-427-3790, [email protected]