2nd teen is charged for cat's dragging death in Branson

Published: Jun. 6, 2017 at 11:56 AM CDT
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A second man from Branson is charged with participating in the torture and killing of a cat in Branson last week. Jordan Hall, 18, was charged on Tuesday with animal abuse and armed criminal action. The first suspect for the fatal torture, Kyle Williams, 18, was charged on Sunday with the same crimes.

Investigators believe the cat was killed on Thursday, June 1, before the video was posted online last weekend. The video shows someone tying a rope around the neck of an apparently healthy cat and tying the rope to the bumper of a Jeep Grand Cherokee, the cat running behind the moving vehicle until it was too tired, then being tossed and turned as the Jeep continued driving. The video also recorded the participants in the abuse laughing.

The probable cause statement against Hall says he "operated" the Jeep "having knowledge" the cat was tied to the bumper and was being dragged. The detective who wrote the statement says Hall said he "knew it was 'not right' but continued with the act."

The probable cause statement against Williams says he tied the rope around the cat's neck and to the bumper and then drove while unknown friends recorded the video.

Branson police and prosecutors haven't said whether they think anyone else was involved besides Williams and Hall. Their bonds are each $15,000. If they're convicted, they could face fines up to $10,000 or prison sentences up to four years.