First, they allegedly doused the 2-day-old kitten with body spray. Then they lit it on fire. Another newborn kitten they threw into the air and hit with a 2-by-4 as if it were a baseball, authorities say.
Sevier County prosecutors say the group killed two more kittens, with one of the perpetrators recording it all using a cell phone.
Four people - two adults and two teens - allegedly participated in the killings. One of them, Christopher Schneider, 20, of Sevierville, pleaded guilty Tuesday to four counts of animal cruelty in a hearing in a Sevier County courtroom. Attorneys in the case say he recorded the April 29, 2010, incident on the cell phone and then forwarded it to friends. He is set for sentencing June 28 and faces up to eight years in prison.
Co-defendant Aaron Kunak, 22, of Sevierville, also appeared in court Tuesday but his case was postponed to May 9. He is also charged with four counts of animal cruelty.http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/ma...itten-killing/Investigators learned that a sister of one of the men handed over the four 2-day-old kittens and asked that they be dropped off at the Humane Society. After they were questioned about the killings they led officers to the spot where the video was made on Pioneer Way, according to a sheriff's report.
There, investigators say they found evidence of the killings.