Hawkins man accused of killing ex-girlfriend's cat indicted for felony stalking

Jeff Bobo • Jun 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County man who was arrested twice in May 2018, once for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend’s cat and then for painting “I’ll never stop” near her home, was indicted Monday on felony stalking charges.

Hunter Austin Henry, 20, was named in a four-count Hawkins County grand jury indictment charging him with two counts of aggravated stalking, aggravated animal cruelty and harassment.

Henry, of Rogersville, was initially arrested on May 2, 2018, and charged with aggravated stalking and aggravated animal cruelty for actions that took place the previous March 20.

He allegedly killed his ex-girlfriend's cat “in a depraved manner and intentionally,” according to the indictment.

Henry also allegedly spray-painted a crude comment on her car, home and other locations.

The victim’s mother told the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office that some of her daughter’s classmates had implicated Henry as the culprit based on statements he allegedly made to them.

The mother also stated that their cat had gone missing. It was later determined that the cat, Smokey, had been spray painted and tortured, causing serious injury and death.

At the time, the alleged victim had an order of protection against Henry.

On April 30, 2018, Henry reportedly approached a witness at the Rogersville Walmart who recorded Henry admit to vandalizing the victim’s home and killing her cat.

While out on $5,000 bond and while wearing an ankle monitor for the original charges, Henry was arrested again on May 22 for allegedly painting harassing messages on a building near the victim’s home including a crude comment as well as the threats "I'll never stop," and "see you at (her college).”

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

Henry was released from the Hawkins County Jail in September and ordered held on house arrest.

He is scheduled for arraignment Friday in Hawkins County Criminal Court.

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