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Ex-boyfriend accused of killing cat faces felony stalking, animal cruelty

Jeff Bobo • May 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s cat and spray-painting the same crude comment on her car, home and other locations was arraigned Wednesday on charges of aggravated stalking and aggravated animal cruelty.

As of Monday, when the alleged crimes were reported to police, the victim already had a Hawkins County Circuit Court restraining order against Hunter Austin Henry for both herself and her family.

Henry, 19, of Rogersville, had reportedly dated the victim for about nine months. The victim turned 18 last month.

On Monday, her mother reported to the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office that the same crude comment had been spray-painted in pink on the passenger side door of her car, on a propane tank at the residence, and on the road near their residence in the Pressmen’s Home community north of Rogersville.

On Tuesday, the victim’s grandfather reported the same crude comment had been spray-painted on his barn not far from the victim’s home.

The victim’s mother told HCSO Deputy Adam Bledsoe that some of her daughter’s classmates had implicated Henry as the culprit based on statements he allegedly made to them. She also stated that their cat had gone missing.

On Monday, Henry reportedly approached a witness at the Rogersville Walmart. She recorded her conversation with him, during which time he allegedly admitted to vandalizing the victim’s home and killing her cat.

HCSO Detective David Lafollette stated in his report that Henry was also recorded saying that he would take further action against the victim.

Henry also allegedly made threatening comments regarding the victim to that same witness on Facebook Messenger.

He was arrested shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday and arraigned later that morning in Hawkins County Sessions Court.

Aggravated stalking and aggravated cruelty to animals are Class E felonies punishable by 1-2 years.

As of Wednesday evening, Henry was being held in the Hawkins County Jail on $5,000 bond with his next appearance in Sessions Court set for May 14.

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