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Sentencing delayed in death of Yorkie

Becky Campbell • Sep 5, 2012 at 4:32 AM

A Washington County man who pleaded guilty to killing Honey, the four-pound Yorkshire Terrier mix that was his family’s pet, testified Tuesday he never would have committed the act if he hadn’t been on bath salts and cocaine.

Dustin Ricky Harrell, 22, 1125 Old State Road, Gray, told Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp that he began using drugs at an early age to escape the pain of being sexually abused by his biological father and the night Honey died he was upset over past events in his life.

“I started thinking about events in the past. That got me upset and angry at the same time,” Harrell said, but he never really explained what possessed him to retrieve Honey from under his mother and stepfather’s bed and begin torturing the dog until she died in his arms.

Read the expanded version of this report at the Johnson City Press Web site.

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