Man charged with fatally beating seal pup


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SAN DIEGO — A man accused in a fatal attack earlier this year on an elephant seal pup in San Diego is being prosecuted on a felony animal cruelty charge, it was announced Wednesday.

Roy Lee Miller, 44, was arrested on a warrant and arraigned in Superior Court last week on a charge of cruelty to an endangered or protected animal, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Bail was set at $40,000 for Miller, who is accused of repeatedly striking the seal pup in the head with a rock, leading to its death.
Authorities said the attack occurred last February underneath the Sonar Bridge off North Harbor Drive.

Miller faces up to five years in prison if convicted. A readiness conference is scheduled for Thursday.

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