The experts are split on whether a city man accused of killing his ex-fiancee’s cat is competent to stand trial.

Lockport City Court Judge William Watson on Monday ordered a third competency exam for Brian A. Soock Jr., 23, no reported address, who is being held on $25,000 bail.

Soock has undergone two exams, which came back “with conflicting conclusions,” Watson said.

Public Defender Michael Benedict and Assistant District Attorney Henry Schmidt agreed a third report is needed.

The results of the third exam will be presented to the court in two weeks.

Soock drowned the woman’s cat in the bathroom of her apartment at 77 Main St. on Feb. 1, according to police.

Lockport Police Lt. John Yotter said Soock tied the cat’s legs together with electrical tape and put the cat in the bathtub, then filled the tub with hot water. He also put a leash on the cat and tied it to a towel rack so it could not get out of the tub.

He has pleaded not guilty to a charge of aggravated cruelty to animals.

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