Sunday, November 9, 2008
McAlestor, Okla. (AP) Attorney Russell Uselton is claiming 24-year-old Justin Williamson is innocent of felony charges of animal cruelty and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an officer.
Mr. Uselton has claimed a horse that was found in an empty swimming pool at the local Elk's lodge was injured from a fall into the pool. However, Williamson was seen by witnesses kicking the stranded animal in the head and ribs.
The horse had escaped from a nearby stockyard and Williamson was in the process of retrieving it. Authorities have found traces of blood on Williamson's boots along with a horse's tooth in the pool.