Trial delayed in Aurora bird hoarding case
By Dan Campana For Sun-Times Media September 20, 2013 1:50PM
Members of The Chicago Cage Bird Club bring out cages full of birds from the home of David Skeberdis on Friday, October 26, 2012. The birds are being brought to the clubs rented Villa Park storefront to eventually be adopted out. | Brian Powers~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 23, 2013 6:36AM
The expected September trial for an Aurora man accused of hoarding birds was postponed because a prosecution witness could not appear in court.
DuPage County prosecutors asked for, and were granted, a continuance in the case of David Skeberdis, after learning an Aurora police investigator scheduled to testify was involved in police training and unavailable to attend the trial as scheduled, court records show
The judge rescheduled the trial for Nov. 18. This is at least the second time a Skeberdis trial has been rescheduled.
Skeberdis pleaded not guilty earlier this year to misdemeanor counts of animal hoarding and cruelty toward animals. He has unsuccessfully sought to have the charges dismissed.
In October 2012, Aurora officials deemed Skeberdis’ home unfit to live in after the discovery of approximately 350 birds, as well as garbage and dozens and dozens of dead birds, according to court records.
He is free on a recognizance bond, documents state.