Alleged bird killer back in police custody


Laurie Pardee, 75, of 671 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, was taken back into custody by Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies July 25 for failure to answer a court summons.

Pardee was scheduled to be arraigned July 13 for a June 16 animal cruelty charge. Pardee was charged after witnesses reported he had shot, beaten and stomped to death a white egret.

Pardee also was charged with illegally taking a migratory bird by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Court records show no indication that Pardee was arraigned as scheduled, but as of Islander press time, the charges could not be confirmed.

Pardee was arrested June 16 for the initial charge and taken back into custody June 20 for a mandatory mental evaluation under the Baker Act.

The Holmes Beach Police Department documented several visits from Pardee, who wanted the .22-caliber handgun he used in the bird shooting returned, and accused FWC officers of stealing his jewelry.

His behavior led to the involvement of the Florida Department of Children and Families, which requested the Baker Act evaluation based on a suspicion of decreased mental capacity.

Pardee also was asked to surrender all of his firearms at the time the Baker Act was initiated.

MCSO deputies arrested Pardee on the misdemeanor charge of failing to answer a summons. He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $2,000 bond.

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