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Sentencing postponed for former Raven Terrence Cody's animal cruelty case

Sentencing postponed for former Raven Terrence Cody in Balto. Co. animal cruelty case

A sentencing hearing for former Ravens player Terrence Cody has been postponed in a Baltimore County animal cruelty case.

Cody, 27, was scheduled to be sentenced in Baltimore County Circuit Court on Tuesday in a case stemming from the death of his dog, a Canary mastiff named Taz. Cody was convicted in November of five misdemeanors related to failing to provide care for Taz, plus two misdemeanor drug charges. He was acquitted of two felony counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

The hearing was postponed because a psychological evaluation of Cody has not been completed, according to county prosecutor Adam Lippe.

"The defense failed to have it done timely," he said.

Cody's attorney, Joe Murtha, could not be reached for comment on Monday.

A new sentencing date has not yet been set.

The prosecution alleged that Cody starved Taz to death. The dog lived at Cody's former home on Old Grey Mare Court in Reisterstown.

Cody also was found guilty of illegally possessing an alligator and of neglecting the alligator.

He faces the possibility of more than two years in jail, and a $1,500 fine.

Lippe said the state plans to seek jail time, as well as a fine and "a long period of supervised probation so that he doesn't own, possess or harm an animal in the future."

Cody's girlfriend, Kourtney J. Kelley, 28, was also found guilty of five counts in connection with neglecting Taz. She is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 22.

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