From Albuquerque Journal
The 32-year-old man is accused of killing the pit bull while his two children watched
An Aztec man faces animal cruelty charges after authorities say he used a chainsaw to kill a pit bull while his two children watched.
Investigators say 32-year-old Teddy Sexton was jailed Thursday.
San Juan County Sheriff's Lt. Dwayne Faverino said Sexton told investigators the 2-year-old dog bit his 9-year-old daughter Aug. 15. Sexton told authorities he felt the dog should be put down, so he grabbed a kitchen knife and tried to cut the dog's throat.
When that failed, Sexton told deputies he used the chainsaw.
Officials became aware of the incident Wednesday when an investigator from the state Children, Youth and Families Department alerted deputies about children who were having nightmares and reported seeing the dog's head removed.
Update September 23, 2010 5:42pm - The following article is from The Daily Times:
Two aztec men accused of killing dog with a chainsaw
Sheriff’s deputies issued arrest warrants for two Aztec men Wednesday after they allegedly cut a dog’s head off with a chainsaw when the knife they tried to use didn’t work.
Teddy Sexton, 32, and Corey Bowen, 31, face charges of fourth-degree felony extreme cruelty to animals, which carries up to 18 months in prison, San Juan County Sheriff’s Lt. Dwayne Faverino said.
The men allegedly were trying to put the 2-year-old pit bull down because it previously bit a 9-year-old girl who was visiting the residence, Faverino said.
“Sexton said this was the second time the dog has bitten someone and he felt it needed to be put down,” Faverino said.
Update October 1, 2010 9:43am - The following article is from The Alamogordo Daily News:
The two northwest New Mexico men accused of decapitating a dog with chain saw appeared in court Thursday.
Both 32-year-old Teddy Sexton and 31-year-old Corey Bowen are facing fourth-degree felony extreme cruelty to animals after they allegedly used a chain saw to kill a 2-year-old pit bull named Thor because it bit a child.
The Farmington Daily-News says the men appeared for a preliminary hearing.
A defense attorney says the men killed the dog because it had just bitten a child and attacked another child a while ago.
San Juan County Sheriffs Lt. Dwayne Faverino says Sexton and Bowen attempted to cut the dog's throat, but were having difficulty and grabbed the chain saw.
Prosecutors say the issue is the method used in putting the dog down.
Update October 19, 2010 10:47am - The following article is from KOB:
Man who decapitated a pitbull is sentenced to 8 years
A northwest New Mexico man, who pleaded guilty to decapitating a dog using a chain saw, has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Authorities say 32-year-old Teddy Sexton of Aztec pleaded guilty to fourth-degree extreme cruelty to animals, which carries a sentence of up to 18 months in prison.
Defense attorney Cosme Ripol told the Farmington Daily Times that because Sexton has a prior criminal history, he faced up to 15 years, including eight mandatory.
At a sentencing hearing Monday, Sexton told state District Judge Thomas Hynes he tried to slice the dog's throat on Sept. 18 and "that didn't work."
Sexton says he then severed the head with a chain saw.
Update May 18, 2011 - The following article is from KOAT:
Animal Cruelty Trial Ends In Guilty Plea
The animal cruelty trial against a Farmington-area man accused of cutting off a dog's head has ended with a guilty plea.
Corey Bowen, 32, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor cruelty to animals. He was facing fourth-degree felony extreme cruelty to animals.
Bowen and 32-year-old Teddy Sexton of Aztec were charged after a pit bull's head was cutoff with a chain saw last September.
Bowen's attorney says his client made an error in judgment and feels bad about what happened.
Bowen and Sexton claim they killed the dog after it bit a child in the neck.
The plea agreement comes 10 weeks after a hung jury resulted in a mistrial for Bowen.
Sexton is serving eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty.