By Lynne Hayes-Freeland

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The father of a man who was shot and killed by police after fatally stabbing a K-9 was in court today.

His preliminary hearing was postponed, but the judge did reduce Bruce Kelley Sr.’s bond.

This morning, Kelley Sr. made his first court appearance since he was arrested after an altercation with police at a gazebo in Wilkinsburg.

Kelley’s son, Bruce Jr., was shot and killed that same day, after police say he stabbed and killed Port Authority K-9 Aren.

Kelley Sr. was jailed on two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and public drunkenness. The incident prompted an outpouring of support for the slain K-9 and raised questions about the use of deadly force.

Kelley Sr. had been held on $300,000 bond, which was reduced today to $25,000.

His lawyers said their focus is on the legalities in the case, and not the other issues.

“At first, it’s very emotional. But, when we slow down and we catch our breath, it gives both myself and [defense attorney Ernie Shariff] time to really concentrate on the legal component of the case. So, we’re not going to get caught up in a visceral reaction. All of our movements are very thoughtful, including today,” defense attorney Blaine Jones said.

“He’s not a flight risk, we don’t think he’s a danger to society at large. So, we think that was very fair,” Shariff said.

Preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for March.

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