Ex-police chief won’t face charges

By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers

Additional animal cruelty charges against a former Melrose police chief will not be pursued, according to District Attorney Matt Chandler.

Mike Trammell, 37, was acquitted June 7 in Magistrate Court on one count of animal cruelty.

The District Attorney’s Office was considering filing six charges of animal cruelty in District Court that it had been ordered to dismiss by a magistrate judge in June because of due-process limitations.

After meeting with the victims’ owners in the case, Chandler said his office decided not to proceed based on their wishes.

“We’ve taken all of the victim’s wishes into consideration and the unanimous decision was to not proceed criminally. We will respect the victim’s wishes in this case and not proceed any further,” Chandler said Friday.

Trammell resigned as police chief in October after he was charged with shooting dogs.

“He’s relieved, absolutely relieved,” said Tye Harmon, Trammell’s attorney, speaking on behalf of his client.