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Judge steps down in burned dog case

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Justice the puppy died after being set on fire. Justice the puppy died after being set on fire.
DALLAS -

A bond hearing for the teen accused in the high-profile Justice the dog case was postponed. The judge removed himself from the case because of a conflict of interest.

Darius Ewing, 18, is behind bars for allegedly setting a stray dog on fire outside a Pleasant Grove apartment complex last month. The dog, later named Justice by an animal rescue organization, died a few days later.

Thursday's hearing was set to discuss the possibility of a reduction in Ewing's $100,000 bond.

Local activist Rev. Ronald Wright has been spearheading the effort to get his bond reduced so that he can get out of jail while awaiting trial. Wright said the bond isn't set so high in some murder cases.

"I've received hundreds of threatening phone calls, being called the N-word," he said.

In fact, Wright claims supporting Ewing's family made him a target and that someone poisoned his dog Sadie last weekend.

But before the hearing got underway it was rescheduled.

Judge Rick Magnis said he knows one of the veterinarians who treated Justice. He and the vet talked about how much pain the dog was in before it died, he said.

Afterward a heated exchange between both sides spilled out into the hallway. Both sides claimed to be there for justice.

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