Daytona Beach, FL - When the lifetime ban on pet ownership was overturned earlier this month against Travis Archer, the person who beat a nine-month-old Labrador puppy named Ponce to death, the question was, "Could anything be done?" The answer is yes because today, the Office of State Attorney R.J. Larizza in partnership with the Office of the Attorney General Ashley Moody, announced that they are requesting a Motion for Rehearing in the Fifth District Court of Appeals decision concerning the Travis Archer case.
The original case, from November 2017, is the reason Ponce's Law legislation was enacted.
The Offices invoked Florida Appellate Rule of Procedure 9.330(a)(1) states in part that ‘a motion
for rehearing may be filed within 15 days of an order or decision of the court.’
State Attorney R.J. Larizza made the following statement regarding the Motion for Rehearing, “I
want to thank the Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody and her staff for their hard work
and dedication in agreeing to file a Motion for Rehearing in this important case.”
Per the motion for rehearing, "The trial court specifically found that the lifetime ban
was agreed to by the defense, rejecting the Appellant’s claim to the contrary when he raised this claim for the first time nearly three months after the sentencing hearing where this condition was specifically addressed and imposed by stipulation of both parties. (R. 1328, 1276).
The motion was filed today. Check back with News Daytona Beach for updates.