You may remember the case of Thor, the dog who was brutally decapitated via knife and chainsaw in NM. Corey Bowen, one of two men charged in the case, faced fourth-degree felony extreme cruelty to animals. His trial ended in a hung jury this week:
The jury, which began deliberating the case at about 4 p.m. Monday, questioned the definition of extreme cruelty to animals.
[Chief District Judge John] Dean told the panel to rely on the court’s instructions, namely, that the state must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Bowen intentionally or maliciously tortured, mutilated, injured or poisoned the dog, Thor, with a knife or maliciously killed Thor, and that Bowen helped encourage or caused a crime to be committed.
The jury was evenly split and could not come to a unanimous decision.
On the day of his death, Thor had allegedly bitten a child at the home, while on his logging chain. The child was never taken to a doctor and no report was ever filed about the bite. At trial, Mr. Bowen’s attorney argued that he had killed Thor because “he’s passionate about his children”. Which sounds kinda swell and heroic-like. Until I think about the kids who had (and probably still have) nightmares after being traumatized by Mr. Bowen’s cruel actions.
The state plans to retry Mr. Bowen.
The other man charged with Thor’s savage killing, Teddy Sexton, has already been sentenced:
Sexton, in October, pleaded guilty to [fourth-degree felony extreme cruelty to animals], which carries a prison term up to 18 months. But because of Sexton’s criminal history, he faced and was sentenced to a mandatory eight years in prison.