Nico Dauphine, animal cruelty suspect, expected to testify

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A one time Smithsonian National Zoo employee accused of attempting to poison feral cats in her Northwest D.C. neighborhood is on trial in D.C. Superior Court.

Nico Dauphine is accused of cruelty to animals after she allegedly set out food mixed with poison in an attempt to kill feral cats near her apartment in the 2400 block of 15th Street NW.

In court on Tuesday, the presented three more witnesses and rested its case. Judge Truman A. Morrison III denied a motion for acquittal by the defense. The trial resumes Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.

Dauphine was arraigned and pleaded not guilty on May 11 on an animal cruelty charge. The misdemeanor charge carries a potential penalty of 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.