2 men indicted in dog’s death

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 22, 2002

Johnnie Bell Jr. and Jonah Edwards, both of Selma, were indicted this past Tuesday by a grand jury on charges of cruelty to animals. The offense is a felony.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, Roger and Missy Cook, of Dallas County, found the body of their dog, Killer, underneath their house on County Road 992 on Sept. 29.

Bell and Edwards, stated Ed Greene, District Attorney, had poured lighter fluid on the dog and tied it to an old bed frame in the woods.

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They then lit the animal on fire and left the scene.

The dog must have escaped at some point, stated Greene, because Killer was eventually found by the Cooks at their home.

Theresa Martin, Operations Manager for the Central Alabama Animal Shelter, stated that Missy Cook came to the shelter on Sept. 26 looking for Killer.

Three days later he was found by the Cook family.

Martin hopes for a punishment that fits the crime.

According to the district attorney’s office, Edwards is currently on probation for putting a baby in a freezer in North Carolina.