Ex-WTKS Host Burke Free On Bond
May 6, 2009 at 4:49 AM (PT)
SHANNON BURKE has been released from jail on $15,000 bond, but the former CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WTKS (REAL RADIO 104.1)/ORLANDO midday host is wearing a monitoring device and his wife has filed for a temporary protective order against him.
BURKE faces charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and animal cruelty in SEMINOLE COUNTY and also faces probation violation charges for a previous alcohol-related reckless driving charge in ORANGE COUNTY. An ORANGE COUNTY court ruled that BURKE cannot have contact with his wife and must stay at least 1,500 feet away from their ALTAMONTE SPRINGS home. He was fired by WTKS in a move announced this week.
CATHY BURKE filed a statement in court alleging that her husband's actions last THURSDAY, in which he shot the couple's dog and grazed her with the bullet, were not, as he claimed, an accident. The ORLANDO SENTINEL's SCOTT MAXWELL reports that CATHY BURKE's statement said that SHANNON BURKE "walked over to the closet and grabbed his gun and told me 'I'm going to shoot the dog in the head and you are going to watch'," then threw the dog on the ground, "pointed the gun directly at (the dog) and shot the gun."
The statement continues with the allegation that after the gun didn't fire, her husband re-loaded and fired again, and "CHARLOTTE (the dog) yelped in agony and directly after I felt a burning pain on the side of my head. I fell backwards against the pillows and noticed the gush of blood on my head and pillows." She also alleged previous acts of domestic violence.